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Lemmon Brothers Light Show, holiday tradition, doesn’t return in 2023

Lemmon Brothers Light Show 2022

The Lemmon Brothers announced last year that it would be their final time putting on a local light show, an event and viewing that became a yearly tradition for so many local families.

While now adventuring into the holiday commercial lighting business themselves, using that experience, the community eagerly awaits to see who will pick up the torch and carry on the festivities.

After six years of putting on a light show that brought crowds and many many vehicles to their residential street, the Lemmon Brothers called it quits last year.

It was a very difficult decision, they say, but the time commitment needed to set up and run the display, while operating successful local businesses, just became too much.

They aren’t out of the spirit though, they started BriteLights, a commercial lighting business that puts holiday displays up on homes and businesses in the area.

In the winter, they also run a shoveling business, and in the summer, a lawn care business, Lemmon Lawn Care, which keeps them quite busy.

The two, Brandon and Austin Lemmon, first started the light show after watching The Great Christmas Light Fight, a reality television competition hosted by ABC where contestants try to outdo their competitor’s light displays as well as being inspired by the Guernsey County Courthouse lighting to which their family made it a yearly tradition to visit.

First beginning in 2017, the two have worked hard each year to put on a worthy show for the community. It was the community and visitor’s support that kept them coming back bigger and better every Christmas season.

What started with a preconfigured system called Mr. Christmas, which only had six-outlet plug-ins, that synchronized the Christmas lights to 20 preconfigured holiday songs, morphed into a show with over 35,000 lights manually choreographed with holiday tunes, when they completed their sixth and final show last year.

The brothers often started their planning and layout designs in mid-summer and were stringing lights by September for their opening event which typically took place near the end of November.

Their little residential street often became quite busy with traffic as the light show grew in popularity and as a yearly tradition for many not just in Muskingum County but around the region, having been featured in multiple Columbus media publications and ranking near the top for all of Central Ohio.

For their final display and show last year, the brothers had a total of five programming boxes, added many more lights, even though they suspected it would be their last, and a full new slate of music and choreographed lights that flashed in sync to the tunes.

“We’ve always just wanted to create something for the community,” said Austin Lemmon. “It was awesome seeing everyone come out every single year, hearing them say it was their family Christmas tradition.”

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    Mary DodsonDec 22, 2023 at 7:06 am

    I sure did miss it this season, I had plans on taking my granddaughter to see the wonderful display this year. You boys did an amazing job on such an awesome display.