The Eugene-Christmas-Lights Show” is Back for Another SeasonCitizens of Eugene, Oregon are walking around with an extra bounce in their step this month as they eagerly anticipate the return of “The Eugene Christmas Light Show.”
“Once upon a time my wife asked me to decorate the house for Christmas,” laughs Alexander Ponce-Bonano, creator of the “The Eugene Christmas Light Show”. “Now, ask any 6 year old to describe the house. We’re the Christmas house.”
The heart of “The Eugene-Christmas-Lights Show,” the Ponce-Bonano home will be glittering with over 70,000 Christmas lights and animations and Christmas characters of all shapes and sizes, including a gigantic Santa Claus and a thankfully weatherproof Frosty the Snowman.
“In 1998 we moved to…Crescent Meadows. We soon began to decorate the house for the Christmas holiday. For the first few years it was kept simple, (but) that got old quite fast,” says Ponce-Bonano. “In 2004 I decided to add a 10 foot megatree and computer control animation…Residents of Eugene and the surrounding communities will be stunned by this year’s show, which will begin the day after Thanksgiving and run from 5-10pmuntil January 10th.
“We have new animations, new music, new displays and a lot more lights,” happily states Ponce-Bonano.
Work on “The Eugene-Christmas-Lights Show” runs year round, with preparations beginning as early as July to create new song sequences and ensure that the display is able to run automatically under computer control. Each show lastsapproximately half an hour and repeats several times a night.This year’s musical line-up includes “Siberian Sleigh Ride” and “Wizards in Winter” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Monique Danielle’s “Carol of the Bells” and the “Jingle Bells Techno Mix”, along with a variety of other holiday favorites. Fans can hear the soundtrack to this year’s “Eugene Christmas LightShow” by tuning in to Frosty’s FM 89.3, transmitted directly from the Ponce-Bonano home using a low power FM transmitter.Visitors can park on the streets surrounding the Ponce-Bonano home to see the show.
“The streets get pretty crowded, so be prepared for delays,” says Ponce-Bonano.
“The Eugene Christmas Light Show” isn’t Alexander Ponce-Bonano’s only claim to fame. Star Trek fans will remember him best as a member of the production crew of Star Trek: Enterprise and a full fledged, costumed member of the Orpheus Mining Colony in the 2005 episode “Demons.” He also appeared in the 2007 film“Say It In Russian” and the 1992 film “Dialtone” as Carlos the Columbian Assassin, and has filled other miscellaneous cast, consultant and crew positions in hits like “28 Days Later”, “Back to the Future” (I, II and III), “Alias” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith”.
In 2003 he was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease that results in severe muscle weakness. That hasn’t slowed him down, however. Along with “The Eugene Christmas Light Show” Ponce-Bonano continues to be an active, involved father to his two children and a dedicatedfamily man while teaching the ins and outs of computer decorating free of charge.
Alexander Ponce-Bonano’s film experience and natural flair for the dramatic have turned ordinary holiday decorating into a spectacular Christmas light extravaganza. For more information visit
The Eugene-Christmas-Lights Show web site.