Sparkling display lights up Walnut Ave.
Festooned for the season, the home at 659 Walnut Ave. is a dazzling light show for the enjoyment of the entire community. But in addition this year, designer Michael Calvert is collecting donations for the nonprofit Butterfly Fund, which supports families with chronically sick children.
With 32,000 lights and 200 channels of individual programming, the glittering house lights up to the rhythm of a variety of Christmas songs from 5:30 to 10 p.m. nightly, through Jan. 2.
Visitors can drive up and tune their radios to 87.9 FM to enjoy the show, or hear it on the speakers around the house.
This is the second year Calvert brought the show to Sonoma, which he expanded over last season’s display.
“I thought being my second year this year would be easier and less time consuming, but I was wrong. Because of my (additions) and data loss on my computer, I had to spend about 1,500 hours this year to get it going,” he said.
Donations can be dropped off in the “North Pole” box mounted in front of the house. Donations are not required to enjoy the show. For more on the Butterfly Fund, visit butterflyfund.org.