Christmas arrives early as Dasher’s Lightshow heads to the Pittsburgh Mills Mall.
The new drive-thru Christmas light show will be rolled out in five cities across the United States. The Pittsburgh Mills Show runs from November 5 to January 2, 2022.
Dasher’s Lightshow co-owner Clyde Lindsey, a resident of Leechburg, wanted to bring the attraction to Pittsburgh Mills because of its key location along Route 28 in Frazer.
âIt all depends on the location. The Pittsburgh Mills mall was easy and would be available where we wanted to put the show, âLindsey said.
The other cities are Philadelphia, Houston, St. Louis and Newark, NJ
Lindsey hosts her own light show, “Leechburg Lights”, each holiday season. Last year marked her 13th year doing this show. Lindsey is a professional lighting programmer and owns Pixel Pro Displays, based in Leechburg.
Doing a larger-scale light show like the Mills is a dream come true for him. âIt’s an incredible chance to do something that I’ve always wanted to do,â he said.
The company has already started installing the show, which will take place along Pittsburgh Mills Circle, the back half of the mall. The music is synchronized with the lights as the audience moves through the show in their cars. Featured attractions include a 50ft mega-tree centerpiece and themes such as Candy Land, the North Pole with snowflake characters, and the Elf Shop.
Jon Prebish, managing owner of Dasher’s Lightshow, said the show debuted in Houston last year under the name Rudolph’s Lightshow. Management decided to adjust the name to avoid intellectual property infringement. The budget for a show ranges from $ 750,000 to $ 1 million.
âWhat we’ve found is that there is a market for people who don’t want to attend larger types of events like zoo lights,â he said. âThe alternative is to go through the neighborhoodsâ that they visit regularly.
Depending on the speed of the cars, Prebish said, the show can last anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes along the 1-mile trail. They expect some 35,000 cars to participate in the show during the season, with Black Friday and the weeks leading up to Christmas being the busiest. Capacity limits are in place to ensure that the wait time does not exceed 15 minutes.
âWe expect Pittsburgh to be a successful season for us,â he said.
Tickets are available at dasherslightshow.com/pittsburgh. Prices range from $ 30 to $ 50 depending on date and time. Tickets are sold per vehicle.