Annual 'Cortez Holiday Light Show' to be even bigger this year

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A Topeka home will soon sport more than your usual exterior lighting.

3919 southeast 30th terrace has been lit up for the last four years.

Saturday's "Grand Lighting Ceremony" kicks off with a block party at 5:30 p.m. The show itself starts at 6:00 p.m. and lasts about 30 minutes.

Louie Cortez is the mastermind behind every flickering light.

"Every 30 seconds of music, there's about two hours of programming involved," he said.

It takes him about two weeks to set up the lights and equipment - but hundreds more hours go into syncing every strand to a song.

For the first time this year the neighboring houses are joining in - their light's synchronized with Cortez's.

"At least 20,000 individual LED lights," he said.

For Cortez it isn't about being in the spotlight - it's about creating a bright spot for everyone else.

"Making it a community thing. Because I know a lot of families they just really appreciate the event. They like coming out to see the lights, they like to make memories with their families," he said.