Red Dirt Diaries: Downs Family Christmas Lights

Friday, December 19th 2014, 8:17 pm
By: Karl Torp

Since 2007, it's been the premier Christmas lights display in Norman.

The Downs' family Christmas display off Southeast 72nd avenue in Norman has even been featured on national TV show in search of LED supremacy.

It started with one large light tree featuring two and half miles of lights.

“It just kind of snow balled at that point,” says Chuck Downs, who says thanks to LED lights, his electric bill isn't astronomical.

Now the creation of color has reach 300,000 lights, 18 miles worth, and is set to music, which you can tune into in your car.

The family starts setting up in early October.

“It's pretty awesome,” says Bud Wolf, who came with his family.

“It's beautiful,” says Ashley Brantley, who brought her 7-year-old daughter.

The display isn't just about the lights. When people leave they can make a donation to the regional food bank.

Money is collected and so is canned food.

This year, the Downs family says it will pass the one million meals mark through their donations.