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REMINDER: Christmas Light Show Returns Bigger And Better

Annual light show to kick off holiday season in Wall

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When DJ Dan says he can light up the night, mister, he means it.

For the seventh straight year, DJ Dan – also known as Dan Brateris – leads an army of helpers to string about 80,000 Christmas lights about 20 robotic theater lights, and some pyrotechnics, you know, for good measure, at the Woolley Road home of Bill Epp.

And it very well could be the biggest free, home-based light show anywhere. Last year, Brateris said, the 18-minute show – run twice a night for two nights – attracted thousands to see the spectacle.

It is the seventh straight year for the 2702 Woolley Rd. light show, which is timed to the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The light show has become quite an event – part holiday light show, concert, charity fundraiser and block party all rolled into one.

Brateris said more than 6,000 came last year to see the show, which runs twice a night over three nights this year. It is promised to bigger, brighter and more elaborate than ever, Brateris said. (Hint: More fire!)

“I’m tying to be a little bit humble here,’’ Brateris has said. “But it’s pretty cool.’’

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The event is scheduled for three nights, up from two last year: Dec. 14, 15 and 23. Shows begin at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. each night. Organizers are looking for donations of ears of corn, hot dog buns, hot chocolate and cups. If you can help out, contact dan@djdanonline.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Assembly for the massive show began in October and employs the talents of a cadre of locals, including: Brian Brateris, 25, of Lake Como; Mike Roberti, 26, of Belmar; Trevor Ferguson, Electrical & Computer Engineer MS, 26, of Bridgewater; David Lippman, 26, of Bridgewater; Matt Pinnella, 22, of Wall and Ryan Epp, Electrical and Computer Engineer BS, 24, of Wall.

The event grew from a display the brothers, who own the deejay company DJ Dan Productions, made with unused lights from their company. A father a friend saw it and offered his more expansive property for the display. It has grown on Woolley Road ever since, Brateris said.

Free food and beverages are planned, along with local bands that will play between light shows, Brateris said.

Even Santa comes to see the event, along with some elves.

“We’re trying to keep it as free as possible,’’ Brateris said. “It’s just good entertainment for families.’’

But the event does have a serious side. Donations will be solicited for Challenged Youth Sports, a nonprofit organization that began in 1990 in Middletown, organizing recreational sports programs for children with disabilities. The program is entirely volunteer-based. There are no paid staff so all the money raised goes to support the kids’ programs, Brateris said.

In the past, money raised at the event was able to help fund Team Leo, a charity effort for a family in need of funds to purchase a power wheelchair for their disabled son. The effort culminated with the purchase of a power wheel chair and the installation of a ramp at the family’s home, Brateris said.

Wall Police will be on hand at the event to help keep a handle on parking, which in years past has been a problem. The police will be allowing parking facing west on Woolley Road, on both sides of the road, all the way around until the road wraps into the Presidents streets, Brateris said.

“You should really plan to get there early,’’ Brateris said. “It can get a little crazy.’’

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