CLEARWATER -- Christmas lights have grown to a whole new level for one Clearwater man as his front yard has turned into a winter wonderland.

George Simmons has been into light displays ever since his mom took him to see Christmas lights as a boy. Now his childhood passion has turned into a full time hobby.

"Some people play golf, I don't play golf, some people go boating, I don't go boating, I play with Christmas lights, that's what I do," says Simmons.

Simmons started his own Christmas light display in 1994, but it wasn't until 2007 when he decided to tie the lights to music.

"My wife actually brought my attention to this website showing Christmas lights displays to music and I was hooked," says Simmons.

Simmons begins planning each years display around October. But getting the lights to sync with music takes a lot of time and work.

"For every minute of music, takes about twelve hours of work," says Simmons.

The work has been so appreciated in the community that his friends, neighbors and spectators have offered him money for his hard work. Which Simmons turns around and gives to the Clearwater Food Shelf.

"Every penny goes to the Clearwater Food Shelf, every single penny," says Simmons. "It's not helping to produce our display, simply because that's not why we do it."

The Clearwater Lights display plays every night until December 31st starting at 5:30 p.m. You can hear the music from your car on FM 97.3.

Simmons says everyone is welcome to come visit the lights and if you like the display please feel free to give to the food shelf.

 

Clearwater Lights puts on it's nightly show for the public. (PHOTO: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)