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Dazzling Disney-like light show in Brainerd-Wadena

Residents December 18, 2012

christmas lights in wadena brainerd mn If you are in the Brainerd/Wadena area this holiday season make sure you take a trip to see this incredible Christmas Light display. GP Anderson's Christmas Light and Music Show in Wadena, Minnesota has been compared by viewers to a 'Disney' production.

GP starts setting up the lights in October or November and says the task of setting up takes about the entire month, at least 400 hours, on average.

The first show was in 2008 with subsequent yearly shows beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving.

GP says,"When the lights are all on, I can easily draw 18,000 watts of power."

The roof and Christmas star lights are C9's (lights with that wattage are needed to melt any snow that may fall and otherwise build up and obscure them). For the 2008 show, approximately 45,000 lights were used. In the 2011 show, over 100,000 lights were displayed and used.

Over the years, the show and technology advances, and so does the number of lights and computer protocol. GP tells us "With the advent of 2012 ghost protocol for LED lights, advanced DMX programming and servo rebotics, the sky is the limit!"

Each year the Anderson family collects donations from visitors for the show that go to the Wadena County Food Shelf. You can also watch the show and donate directly on the website at