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Updated December 23rd, 2023 at 19:58 IST

Christmas light show or aliens landing on UFOs? Texas community confused

A Texan man consistently attracted a crowd with his spectacular holiday light show at home, spectators anticipated that they were encountering aliens instead.

Manasvi Asthana
Texas community mistakes elaborate Christmas light show for aliens landing UFOs
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A Texan man consistently attracted a crowd with his spectacular holiday light show at home. However, half of the spectators anticipated that they were encountering aliens instead. Chris Hartgraves adorned his house with a gigantic Santa Claus, festive music, and, notably, 13,000 lights that extend across the night sky, creating an uncanny resemblance to UFOs floating over Georgetown, a city located 30 miles north of Austin.

“I started planning for it the day after Christmas last year,” Hartgraves told a local news outlet. “Everybody knows I save up my vacation time, and they know my vacation once a year is to actually just set up the lights,” he added

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Hartgraves lights up his house every night in the months leading to Christmas, reserving the elaborate light shows for weekends.

During the weekends from Friday to Sunday, the Christmas enthusiast synchronises thousands of bulbs with holiday music in 15-minute intervals for nearly three hours. The routine varies weekly, as Hartgraves choreographs and plans the show using computer software to create a digital replica of his home.

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Hundreds gathered to witness the spectacle that Hartgraves provides for free. However, numerous others arrived, having believed they were tracking down an alien species.

“On the Facebook page people are wondering what are these things that I can see from, you know, H-E-B or down the street, and everybody’s commenting that it’s Chris again, doing his light show,” Hartgraves’ neighbor, Kay Hood, told the outlet.

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Hartgraves never anticipated that his intricate shows would perplex his neighbors, but he acknowledges having heard the rumors.

“People thought it was Elon Musk and his Starlink,” he said. “Some people said it was aliens coming down to land.”

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Police were called to his house at least once this year. Hartgraves had to confirm he wasn't intentionally directing his flashing concert lights at passing aircraft.

“I invited them to stick around and watch the show, which they did, which was pretty cool,” Hartgraves said with a chuckle.

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Published December 23rd, 2023 at 19:58 IST

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