Walking In A Wired Wonderland

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MUSIC, MOTION, AND MERRIMENT - - Newport Beach, California is home of the annual "Christmas Boat Parade", known as one of the ten best Christmas viewing events in the country. This award-winning house, located on Balboa Island in the middle of the Newport Harbor, is viewed by thousands of visitors who came by car, by foot, and by boat! No wonder so many people stop to gaze at the lighted wonderland. There is animated action galore. While Christmas carols play in the background, "snow" drifts from the rooftop dispensed from a manufactured snow machine. On the rooftop, Santa waves from a chopper with rotating blades and a gingerbread man jumps on a lighted trampoline. Lighted wheels rotate on a choo-choo train; a tin soldier drums his drums; a snowman tips his hat; a gyrating Santa Claus dances; and even an illuminated Hula Dancer' wiggles back and forth! In 2006, this is the first house in Newport Beach to use a personal computer to synchronize the lights to dance with the music! Ten songs are programmed (including "Jingle Bell Rock", "All I Want For Christmas Is You", "Sleigh Ride", etc.), to create a fantastic light show with the lights twinkling, shimmering, and dimming, to the songs.

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