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Popular Cape Coral Christmas lights return

Planet Monkman Lights are Back
Posted at 3:33 AM, Nov 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-21 06:45:08-05

Some people will spend time over the next week putting up Christmas lights, but if you want a show like Neil Monkman's, you are already late. The Cape Cora local has been working since August to brig back his popular light show.

The vibrant light show in his yard has been a fixture of Christmas in Cape Coral since he started in 2007. Since then, it's just kept growing. 

"The first time we did it, we had roughly about 65,000 lights", he told Fox 4. "In 2015 I believe we had just under 170,000 lights". 

A carefully planned electric system helps Monkman turn his yard into a winter wonderland. Each section of tha yard is set up with a different controller for a unique Christmas experience.

Monkman explained how he synchronizes the lights to music. "I just keep trying different things until I find something that really looks good."

He's in a new location this year. He's moved to Northeast 20th Street. He also planned on shrinking it down, but only a little. For Monkman, that still means 75 trees, 32 candy canes, and more than 40 reindeer. 

Monkman still isn't finished. When Fox 4 met with him Monday, he was building another reindeer to add to the ones already in his yard. He told Four in Your Corner that even though it's a lot of work, he's always happy to see the different crowds tat his lights draw in. He sees people from inside Cape Coral ,and around the world. 

"We've watched kids grow up from babies. We see a lot of people from England. We see people from Germany", he told Four in Your Corner.