After about five weeks of preparation, and thousands of Christmas lights later, the mission was complete. Once again, Gulfport Councilman Rusty Walker transformed his home into a holiday extravaganza the light show.
"It shocked me. I never expected to see lights going along with music on the radio. It's one of the most amazing things I've seen down here. I figured we'd have to go somewhere else to see something like this, but it's right around the corner from my house so I'm extremely excited about it," Heather Savala said.
Savala and her friend Mariah Leger decided to give the show a try and they're glad they did. With dancing lights and even a cameo from St. Nick himself, it's understandable why they're so impressed.
What's even more impressive is that the showing has evolved into something far beyond aesthetics.
There's no fee to enjoy the show, but onlookers are encouraged to leave a donation. That money will go directly to the Krewe of Gemini Scholarship fund and CASA of Mississippi.
"We agreed that it would be a win, win situation for all of us. Our Krewe last year gave $1,200 dollar scholarships to the local high schools. This year we just want to do more than we did last year. Half the donations will be going to our scholarship fund and the other half will be going to CASA of Mississippi," scholarship chairperson, Glenda Price said.
So far, there's been no trouble drumming up support.
"I just like helping people and giving donations when I have it. Also they took the time to do this, so why couldn't I take the time to donate some money," Salava said.
The home is located at the corner of 45th Street and Washington Avenue in Gulfport.