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Drop your cocoa, grab the kiddos and make the drive to see this holiday display!  You won't be disappointed.  Every single year, the Carter family in Albert Lea goes all out to help bring Christmas magic to everyone and invites the public to check out their display at 1905 Brookside Drive, Albert Lea, MN 56007.

Why is Carter Christmas Lights Show so special?  If you keep reading, I've got a video for you to check out so you can see the amazingness but first, here are a few of the fun facts that the Carter family has on their website:

  • We assembled the hardware and wrote 100% of the sequencing software that creates this display from scratch.
  • Each of the three RGB TV Boards has 1152 pixels. Every pixel is made up of 3 mini lights (red/green/blue), so technically in total there are 3456 lights with each RGB TV alone! (we only count the 3 lights within a pixel “node” as one light)
  • This display uses around 5300 feet of extension cords spanning over 1 mile made up of over 235 individual cords.
  • There are 7 dedicated computers used to run the show, that are the size of a credit card (Raspberry Pis).
  • The drummer boy is 16 feet tall, making him almost 3 people high.
  • We designed AND built the drummer boy ourselves using corrugated plastic sheets and over 1,400 lights.
  • We start programming the show typically in March for the following year, taking about 8 months to create.
  • During a typical holiday season, the full display will run almost 900 times.
  • More facts can be found here.

When to watch:  The show runs from 5pm to 9pm every day from now until Christmas.  On Fridays, Saturdays, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day, the show will run from 5pm to 10pm.

Carter Christmas Lights Show in Albert Lea, Minnesota

Are you ready to see some of the magic?  Check out the video below of the show from 2019.  It's truly impressive...but I will say, the show for 2020 is even more magical, which you can also see below.  If you go, bring a few bucks too.  They have a spot where they are taking donations for the Albert Lea Salvation Army Food Bank.  If you can't make it, you can help them reach their goal through online donations too.  Just click here to learn more.

Do you have your holiday light display up?  Hurry up and snap a photo and send it to us on the Y-105FM app.  You could score $1,000 from Metronet.  Get all the info here.

What was your favorite Christmas memory?  I'd love to hear about it!  Send me a message in the Instagram world (@JessicaOnTheRadio) or on Facebook (@JessicaWilliamsOnTheRadio).

Listen to Jessica Williams weekdays from 6 am until 10 am on Y105FM's Early Morning Show with James Rabe and Jessica Williams

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