Resident's light display synced with music

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - A Lake Charles family's Christmas light display draws many from all over the lake area.

One thing the Roeder family has that many displays don't have is music synced in with 88.5 FM.

"We've done Christmas lights for 21 years," says Fred Roeder. "This is our fourth year to do the animated lights with music."

Roeder first came up with the idea not long after his son David went off to college.

"It became something to keep us together while he was away at school," says Roeder. "It eventually escalated into a big deal for us."

The display is a big deal drawing big crowds.

"One time last year we had 37 cars lined up to watch the show," says Roeder.

"It's been a real hit," says Matt Fuller, a spectator of the light display. "It's something great to watch, and something new."

While spectators look on outside, heavy planning for the perfect show starts inside.

"It's human programmed but computer controlled," says David Roeder, son of Fred Roeder. "We have a 20 minute show that loops from about 5:30 p.m. to about 11:00 p.m. every night."

David plays a huge role in designing how the lights will sync in with the music.

"We can actually draw a picture of the house so we can preview what it's actually going to look like out on the house," says David.

The light display not only adds extra lights and music, but it also tells stories as well.

A choir of penguins narrate the show and tell the story of Christmas.

"There's more to the light display than providing people with a place to enjoy lights and music," says Roeder. "Another huge part of our show is getting the true message of Christmas out to the community."

The light display is located at 5721 Alder Street in Lake Charles.

The shows start around 5:30 p.m. everyday and turns off around 10:30 p.m. ever night.

The Roeder's light display runs through December 31st.

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