PLAINVILLE — Christmas will be shining bright on Hillscrest Road this December when one family flips on their 25,000 light display on the first night of the month.
“It’s a great experience. Last year we had a huge crowd and everyone loves it,” said Joshua Brunelle, who lives at 15 Hillscrest Road. Not only will the home have more lights than ever, the lights will be synchronized with festive music that can be played on FM radio.
The lights will be turned on every night from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The lights turn off for good on Jan. 6.
With the help of his friend Edward Sedwick-Cochran, Brunelle will be programming each bank of lights to flash, shimmer and change colors to compliment the half dozen songs playing. The display will include speakers but only on Dec. 1, as an FM radio channel will be set up for the first time to broadcast the music.
“We have 64 channels of lighting that have to get individually programmed,” said Sedwick-Cochran, who is flying to Plainville the day after Thanksgiving to lend his expertise. “It takes about 5 or 6 hours to do one song.”
Setup begins as early as September. Sedwick-Cochran said that when his friends had a going away party at Brunelle’s home before he moved to Florida in September, they pitched in for the first steps of the preparation that day.
This will be the sixth year Brunelle has covered his home in lights, a yearly tradition in memory of his mother, who passed away in 2011. It’s grown to help other families across Plainville get through the holidays — last year’s display generated donations of roughly 125 pounds of food and 15 to 20 for the Plainville Food Pantry.
“It's been amazing to see smiles on peoples faces when they’re having a hard time in the holidays,” Brunelle said.