Make sure you wave to Santa as you pass by the Bryant and Danielle Lentsch family home in Isanti.
A virtual Santa waving from the window is just one of approximately 50 to 60 different elements that make up the holiday lights display at 310 Elm St. S.W.
Santa also appears, carrying a candle that looks like he sets down on the window ledge and then walks away, only to return with a large Santa bag that he sets down and pulls presents out of. He even stops to enjoy milk and cookies once in a while.
The Lentschs, along with their daughters, Adley, 4, and Kara, 2, moved to Isanti in May from Coon Rapids.
Bryant explained the light display features over 10,000 lights that all are all synced to music when tuning into 91.9 FM. There are not set times for the display, as it runs every night.
“This light display really started out as a hobby and something I could enjoy with my daughters,” Bryant said. “Each year we continue to add more and more to it, and we really feel it’s become quite the display. We hope everyone will come out and enjoy it with their families and friends.”
The Lentsch display won the “most unique/creative” category in the 2012 Isanti Lighting Contest.
Besides the virtual Santa, the display features a 16-foot rotating mega tree, three different colored roof lights that appear to chase one another back and forth, a candy cane flower that takes up the whole peak of the garage, stars on the rooftop, reindeer, candy canes, Santas, a snow globe, lighted arches, trains and more.
Bryant explained the family has been doing the light display for three years, the first two years in Coon Rapids. The family moved to Isanti due to vandalism to the display last year, as well as two attempted break-ins.
Bryant explained he usually begins setting up the display around Halloween. He said the longest part of the process is putting together the computer program to time the lights to the music. He mentioned he adds a couple of new songs to the holiday display each year.
“Ever since I was a little kid, I loved decorating my mom’s house for Christmas,” Bryant said. “Even if it was just hanging a strand of lights, I always had to help out.”
Bryant said the best part of the experience is seeing the smiles on people’s faces.
“It’s fun for me to see the people out there enjoying it,” Bryant said. “My daughters also help out as they can. It’s been a real family event.”
Bryant said the display will run through the second week in January.
Directions from Isanti Main Street: Head south on Railroad Street. Continue on Railroad Street until you reach South Passage. Turn right on South Passage. Turn right on Fourth Street. Turn right on Glenwood Street. Turn left on Third Street. Turn left on Elm Street S.W. The Lentsch home is on the right side of the street.