Welcome to the Downs Family Christmas Light Ministry
Our 8th year is just about here! Right now we're hard at work, hanging lights on everything that doesn't have lights already. If you drive by, give us a honk and let us know that you're as excited as we are!
As of Saturday, December 20th, we are back running again. Please note that the main field is still very wet, and has puddles in various areas. Try not to crowd around the driveway though, since traffic will be quite heavy. Just drive as far out into the field as you like and find a dry spot if you can! If you can come out in a 4 wheel drive vehicle, that'd probably be a good idea. Also, you might want to avoid the peak times of 6:30 to 8:30, since that's when the most traffic comes.
The 2014 show is running live, and will run through January 3rd. It runs every night from 6:00 PM until 12:00 midnight (on New Years Eve, we run until 1:00 AM), weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, check this page for show status.
Check out the Donations page for the final totals for 2013. This year will be the year that we finally surpass the one million meal mark at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. That's an incredible amount, and is all due to the generous fans who visit our display every year.
Follow us on our Facebook fan page. We'll be updating it throughout the year with pictures and comments.
Note that when visiting the show, notice that areas in the field that have puddles due to rain, or are otherwise potential 'get your car stuck' locations are marked off with traffic cones. Please try to avoid these areas if at all possible.
The song list for 2012 contained seven songs, plus an intermission. We don't list our songs for the new year before the show starts, so you'll just have to wait for this years playlist. Here was the playlist for 2012:
|Christmas With a Capital C||Go Fish|
|Christmas Eve Sarajevo||Trans Siberian Orchestra||Joy to the World||Go Fish||Jingle Bells||Cast of Glee|
|Do You Hear What I Hear?||Spiraling|
|O Holy Night||David Phelps|
|12 Days of Christmas||Relient K|
The intermission song is a funky version of Jingle Bells by 11 Acorn Lane from their Happy Holy Days album. It's pretty cool Christmas music, and you might want to download the entire album. We only use the first 2 minutes or so of the song.
The background of the introduction is the first minute of What Child is This by Michael W Smith.
As always, every song we use can be downloaded from iTunes. We hope you buy the music and help support these awesome artists.
In 2011, we received a visit by the Ugandan Orphans Choir, an amazing group of kids from Uganda that travel the US singing and dancing, in hopes of raising awareness about the problems back home in their native Uganda. We hated to get them out on a cold night, but couldn't resist a picture.
We thought everybody might enjoy this video we made in 2010 while setting up one of the two giant trees. This is a time-lapse video that compresses two hours of work into two minutes. Enjoy!