NEWTOWN, Conn. — Looking for a last-minute opportunity to get into the Christmas spirit? The Hawleyville Volunteer Fire Department in Newtown has just the thing — a light show set to holiday music.
The free show, which takes place from 5 to 10 every evening through Jan. 8, is set up in front of the firehouse at 34 Hawleyville Road, just off Exit 9 of I-84.
"It's a great light show dancing across the building. It's truly a sight to behold," Brookfield resident David Harrison said. "When you turn on the radio and listen to the music, it's an inspiring show."
According to fire Chief John Basso, this is the department's second year with the show. “The public liked it so much that we have returned it on a bigger scale,” he said.
“People come from all over to see this. They go out of their way to come by," Basso said.
“We are all about being part of the community. If it puts people in a good mood, we are all about that," said Basso, who was born and raised in Newtown.
As part of the show, 40,000 lights are synchronized through a computer, which plays over 100 Christmas songs.
Guests can park in the department's parking lot and tune their radios to 92.9-FM to hear the music and check out the lights.
The music ranges from classic Christmas carols to current tunes.
Basso said his favorite Christmas song is “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.”
“This is a constant. People pull in and stay for awhile and listen,” said Basso, who works full-time as a propane fuel truck driver.
In addition, a 400-foot interactive walk-through display runs from the firehouse to the road. In the interactive display, viewers can check out blow-up characters, including snowmen, a Santa Claus and even a pumpkin.
It took four weeks to set up the display and string all the lights.
The show is free, but the volunteer fire department is seeking donations, which can be made in person in a secure mailbox or online at its website .
“All the money goes into the operations of the department," Basso said. “We own our own building and three of our six trucks."
The Hawleyville Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department is a nonprofit, all-volunteer department that provides fire, rescue and emergency medical coverage to Newtown every day of the year. It was established in 1925 and has 38 active members.
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