Christmas light display |

Christmas light display

Michael Schurer
Special to the Sky-Hi News


From Granby: Drive north on US Highway 34 toward Grand Lake

At Dillie Docks head west on County Road 4.

Drive 2.1 miles until you come to 2142 County Road 4

Pull into the parking lot in Mike’s front yard and tune your radio to 90.7

Sit back and enjoy the show.

If you met Mike Ingle in passing you might never guess what an amazing,creative and generous individual he was. But if you drove up County Road 4 half way between Granby and Grand Lake on any night between Thanksgiving and New Year’s you would see in his front yard one of the most lively and entertaining displays of Christmas lights you’ve ever seen!

Mike came to Grand County from Wyoming years ago and started putting simple Christmas lights on his house as you have seen many people do for the holiday season.But this simple and ordinary display was not enough for Mike and his love for creating mechanical and electrical marvels.

After a visit to Denver eight years ago and seeing an automated light show,Mike bought his first two controllers and went to work.

The first shows had a decorated tree and a few other lights that were synchronized with Christmas music that you could listen to over your car stereo.The lights would dance to the beat of the songs-much like you would see in a disco or a dance club.As the years passed the show has grown and evolved to the point where now it has 17 controllers,a 20 foot tall Ferris wheel,a 20 foot tall mega tree,and an 8 foot inflatable Santa. It also has an 8 foot Frosty the Snowman,a set of leaping arches,a set of 3 foot light-up candy canes and a candy cane pinwheel display. Off to the side is a manger with a complete life size nativity scene.and an inflatable snowman family complete with inflatable Christmas trees.

There is a lot more to see which Mike has created so don’t miss Santa and his sleigh flying over the trees being led by Rudolph and the other eight reindeer,while you listen to the song of the same name.

Nothing I can say will equal the excitement and just plain fun that you will experience watching this show.

The shows run each night from 5 to 9 p.m. starting at the top of each hour.The last show ends at 9:50 p.m. The first half of the show begins with children’s Christmas songs like Alvin and the Chipmunks and progresses into rock and roll classics that will have you dancing in your seats.

And if all this wasn’t enough,the entire production is designed to raise money for Mountain Family Center to give food to underprivileged members of the Grand County community. Mike doesn’t charge anything to watch the shows,but will happily accept donations. All of the money goes directly to Mountain Family Center. Mike doesn’t take a penny. Last year he gave them $630. The year before he raised $1130. This year I ask to please Mike Ingle set the record.

Bring your kids and your wallets and make a trip to Mike Ingle’s house for a fun night you will never forget!

You simply head up Hwy 34 toward Grand Lake until you come to Dillie Docks. Head west on county road 4.Go 2.1 miles until you come to 2142 county road 4.Pull into the parking lot in Mike’s front yard,tune your radio to 90.7 and sit back and enjoy the show.

You can’t miss it!

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