No one in Los Angeles does Christmas quite like Mike Ziemkowski.
As we profiled during last year’s holiday season, Ziemkowski’s Lights on Display, which he builds annually at his home in Sherman Oaks, easily rivals any professional light and music show you’ll ever see.
And the best part? It’s free and open to the public starting today, with showings taking place nightly at 5 p.m.
Over the years Lights on Display has become more and more elaborate, with additions including computer controlled lighting, DMX controlled intelligent light, and a bevy of animatronic characters synched to a pre-programmed playlist of holiday tunes.
For 2016 the show will include a brand new snow lady named Crystal who will sing duets with Frosty. And of course DJ Jingles will be back, per usual, to M.C. the entire animatronic show.
Need a few images to help paint the picture of what it’s all about? Check out this 2016 preview photo that Ziemkowski sent to We Like L.A.
Also watch this video montage from last year’s show:
Finally, here’s a shot I took when I visited Lights on Display in 2015.
This season’s Lights on Display starts on Friday, Nov. 25, and runs through the start of the new year.
Shows will occur nightly from 5 to 10 p.m. Each song/animatronic loop takes a few minutes to complete, so be sure to dress warmly if you plan on hanging out for awhile.
The address is 3901 Longview Valley Rd, Sherman Oaks, California.
As I mentioned last year, all visitors should keep in mind it’s a residential neighborhood so you may have to park further up the street or on adjacent blocks if you want to walk over to watch.
Inclement weather may cause the the display to close on certain days.
I recommend checking the Lights on Display Facebook page for announcements regarding weather related closings and any updates on performances.