In 2009 we (Trevor, Phillip, and Patti) went to see Christmas lights and came upon a house that was blinking and synchronized to lights. They all looked at one another and said: “we need to do this next year.” Trevor then started talking to the creator who told him it was all done DIY. That evening, we all went home and started to learn everything we could about it and how it works. Then Wilson Family Lights was born.
In November of 2010, we had our very first show. At the time, we had about 80,000 lights and made $8,000 our first year. We, as a family, did it for 4 more years and then took a year off. in 2016 we did one more show. That was our last show at the old Wilson family lights location. Gram has since moved and we have adopted a baby girl. We were going to sell it all and be done with it; After a phone call from Gram and a talk with Phil, we decided to do it again. This time, at our own home.
This year 2018, we have about 80,000 lights. More than half of them are now LED’s. We have the display spread across our property. The best way to view it in our opinion is to park (parking is provided. Simply pull between the two string of C9 bulbed lights. Just make sure you don’t run them over,) and get out and walk around the front of the house and use your cell phone as your radio (find an app and tune to 95.5fm). Visit a few times, you always see something you missed the first few times.
All of our shows are dedicated to Colbie A. Daywalt, a family member who passed away at the age of 7 from a brain tumor. All donations raised are given to charities in his name and honor.
Currently, it’s myself (Trevor), my partner Phillip, our 1-year-old daughter Shyanne, and our 16-year-old Nephew Izaic, who does all the decorating, sequencing, and setting up. We may end up with a few helping hands if we’re lucky. Otherwise, it’s just the 4 of us plugging along.
Please, feel free to ask us any questions you may have. You can contact us on Facebook, email, or stop on by and chat. We’re always welcome to questions and newcomers.
Colbie Alan Daywalt March 23, 1990 – April 28, 1997