North Carolina man turns home into beautiful, massive Christmas light display

DURHAM, N.C. – A North Carolina man is putting his lighting skills to good use by turning his home into a massive Christmas light display.

Michael Shoaf is a grad student at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign majoring in lighting design.

He recently visited his home in Durham to work on his annual Christmas light show. It’s something he’s been doing for years.

“My mom tells me my first word was light, which is kind of funny,” Shoaf told FOX8. “I absolutely love Christmas, I could listen to Christmas music all year round.”

Shoaf said the display takes about 10 full days of work and he starts on Thanksgiving break. He said there’s 115,000 lights total.

The project is something Shoaf said he has been doing since he was 11. He said the light show became musically interactive when he was in high school.

Shoaf’s Christmas light display can be seen at 3518 Donnigale Avenue in Durham. He said it will be up and running until January 5th from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Shoaf said people driving past can listen along at 104.5 FM.

This is in his neighborhood, so please don’t turn the music up too loud and stay on the right side of the road to allow an open road for exiting traffic.