The Gilliland Lights

The Gillilands' dancing light display opens Friday at their home near Scant City.

The dancing Christmas light show set to music at Joe and Jody Gilliland’s home at 400 Hillside Drive, Arab, near Scant City, will open Friday night for its 14th year.

It features 77,000 lights set to music. The Gillilands view it as their gift to the community, something free during a season that costs families so much money.

“The roof line has changed a bit this year,” Joe said. “The songs will include Grandma Got Run Over By A Reinder, Christmas in Dixie, Amazing Graze, the techno version of Wizards in Winter and everyone’s favorite, The Grinch.”

The show runs about 30 minutes. Hours are 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5:00 to 11:00 on Fridays and Saturdays. The show does not operate if it is raining.

“This is just a way for us to spread some Christmas cheer and for people to come out, enjoy the music and the lights and relieve a little stress,” Joe said.

You tune to a radio station in your car to hear the music, 107.1. You might notice a new voiceover on some of the songs this year.

In addition to regular helper Charles Rowe, 3rd grader Bryson Howse did some of the prep work with Joe this year. Then he did some of the voiceover work.

“I was just amazed by how educated Bryson was and how he picked up very quickly on the work we were doing to set up the show,” Joe said. “He’s pretty darned good.”

They started 2 weeks before Halloween setting up everything and had beautiful weekend weather to get the work done.

The Gillilands have a Facebook page, The Gilliland Family Light Show, and they welcome visitors to share videos, photos, notes etc on it.

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