Welcome to the Downs Family Christmas Light Ministry
We're getting ready for our 7th year, which is hard to believe! There are a few changes and additions for the 2013 season, and it's getting more exciting each day.
The 2013 show will begin on Thursday, November 28th, and will run through January 4th. It runs every night from 6:00 PM until 12:00 midnight, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, check this page for show status.
This year we are participating in The Great Christmas Light Fight on ABC Primetime! We were chosen as one of the top 20 private homes in America who decorate 'to the extreme', and also set-up, run and tear-down the display without professional assistance of any kind. Check out the promo spot(s) below:
Check out the Donations page for the final totals for 2012. With the help of our generous Oklahoma fans, we should blow the roof off this year, and possibly surpass one million meals generated by the Downs Family Christmas Light Ministry since we started.
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.
Last years song list 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!