28-Home Holiday Light Display Brings Smiles
If you drove down the sleepy cul-de-sac of Bainbridge Circle in Murrieta, California during the day you would never guess that at night it transforms into a musical light-fest that rivals even an electrical light parade. Each house has its own unique lighting and décor yet all of them blink and move in synchronized motion to the beat of the music played through the neighborhood.
It is the seventh year neighbors on Bainbridge Circle in unincorporated Murrieta have come together to put on the synchronized light display as a way to "give back to the community and spread some Christmas cheer." The neighbors have affectionately changed the street name from Bainbridge Circle to “Bainbridge Falls”, to go along with the theme from ‘It's a wonderful life’.
The synchronized holiday light display that encompasses 28 homes, is drawing delighted spectators from all over Southern California and beyond. The music for the show is Broadcasts on 88.5 FM.
When homeowners on Bainbridge Circle set out seven years ago to do something that would "give back to the community," the light display was the best way they knew how, said one of the neighbors.
"Everybody is into the Christmas spirit around here," he said. "It really does bring us all together."
The cul-de-sac has grown more and more popular every year with a bit of traffic gradually increasing from opening night throughout the month of December until the traffic slows to crawl that rivals rush-hour. But no one minds, it's just more time to enjoy the spectacular display.
Bainbridge Falls utilizes over 350,000 LED lights and the entire show runs on an estimated 994 electrical channels in order to synchronize the lights to the music. Because they use LEDs, their electric bills only go up $15 to $30 for the month.
The display can be seen--and heard--from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. seven days a week beginning Nov 25 thru Christmas Night.
According to the neighbors, thousands have come by to witness the attraction so far this season. If driving, motorists can tune to FM 88.5 to hear the music while watching the lights move in rhythm from house to house, up & down the block. If outside their cars, the holiday tunes can be heard through loudspeakers located about the neighborhood.
Many who come tend to get out of their cars and walk the block. They are welcomed by the Bainbridge Falls neighbors, who sit out on their driveways on most nights.
"There is always someone out here to greet people," one of the neighbors said. "The amount of smiles we get is phenomenal. That is why we do it."
On a recent weeknight, a Murrieta couple brought their children, 9, and 11, to see the lights. They said they saw the display on NBC Los Angeles' "Fritz's Holiday Lights" in a 2011 special, and had been planning to stop by the display ever since.
"It would be fun to live in this neighborhood," They said. "We might have the best house on our block, but not on this block."
The family gazed at the lights, and stopped to take photos in front of a lighted Nativity scene.
Others had driven a little further that night, from Riverside and Palm Springs.
"It is just beautiful, I just love the music coordination", said one vistor. "You could spend at least an hour out here."
So if you need a boost of Christmas cheer, drive on over to Bainbridge Falls and enjoy the festive cheer on display from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. every night through the 25th of December.
Directions to Bainbridge Falls from San Diego- Take the 15 North. Exit on Winchester Rd and go right (north on Winchester) Pass Nichols and make a right on Willows. Take Willows up the hill, tune into 88.5 on your radio, and make a left on Bainbridge.
Directions to Bainbridge Falls from L.A. County, Orange County and Inland Empire- Take the 15 South or 215 South. Exit Murrieta Hot Springs, and go left (East on Murrieta Hot Springs.) Make a right on Winchester (South on Winchester) and a left on Willows. Take Willows up the hill, tune into 88.1 on your radio, and make a left on Bainbridge.