Miranda Family Lights

Written by Maggie Murdock Nichols in the December 2020 Issue

Miranda Family Lights

It all started with a tree. Mark Miranda spotted what’s called a mega tree towering over an Edmond business. The tree was formed by a pole with lights cascading and staked to the ground. He asked Liz, “Think we could do something like this at our house?” Liz agreed and the rest is history. The Miranda Family first brought holiday cheer to Edmond through their Christmas lights display in 2015. “We’ve come a long way.” Liz and Mark laugh as they recall that first year. 

The Miranda Family Lights went from basic to brilliant. The Miranda kids, Mia (14), Logan (11) and Kylie (9) have been a source of encouragement from the beginning. As they’ve gotten older, they’ve added more complexity to their contributions and have become quite the critics. Mia helps Liz with the tedious process of sequencing, syncing music with the movement of lights. Logan and Kylie enjoy adding lights to the house and climbing on ladders when given the opportunity. Each plays a vital role in the show. Mark has a background in tech, and Liz adds the artistic flare.

Good Cheer and Charity 

As the lights grew in number, the Mirandas found a way to give back. Viewing the lights show is free and open to all, but the family began a passive ask for cash donations to be made to the Regional Food Bank. The family raised $10,000 last year. 

A Bright Spot for 2020

The Miranda Family Lights will bring light and levity to an otherwise shadowy year. The pandemic has not hampered plans to bring holiday cheer, but the family will proceed with some modifications. The family debated taking a break after they were featured on ABC’s “Great Christmas Light Fight” in 2019. The fame brought even bigger crowds and traffic issues. Mark says, “We really felt it was important to carry on in the midst of COVID-19. It’s been a tough year for everyone, and we know we’ve become part of family traditions.”

The family strives to make the show bigger and better every year. This year the show will follow an 80s theme with a special tribute to Liz’s late father’s favorite movie, Christmas Vacation. The light show lasts  more than 7 minutes and features 8 songs. The recent ice storm caused damage to their Halloween display, ruining two jumbo screens and damaging trees. Mark decided to take the opportunity to upgrade and upsize the screens. Watch for a special video appearance from the Miranda kids. 

Ever changing Oklahoma weather is a challenge and can cause closures or temporary pauses in the show. The Mirandas encourage those interested in viewing the show to check their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mirandafamilylights before heading out. The Miranda home is located at 19544 Talavera Lane in Edmond.

 

 

 

 

 

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