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Festive night lights brighten the holiday in Farmington neighborhood

Most times, the arrival of Santa Claus is the star atop the tree come Christmastime.

In the Buckskin Drive neighborhood off Mertensia Road in Farmington, the big man’s arrival — he is scheduled to make appearances Friday night and Saturday — is only part of the show.

Yes, Bruce Raggi and his neighbors have done it again, bringing a holiday shine that lights up the sky — and on some nights, halts traffic as festive motorists queue up to see the show.

This year, 27 homes — up from 22 homes a year ago — are participating in Raggi’s holiday light show.

That works out to anywhere from 200,000 to 300,000 lights, he estimated. Not bad for a guy who earlier in the year had not one but both knees replaced.

“I didn’t get up all I wanted,” Raggi said.

A transmitter is used to synch up the lights and music, which is why motorists are asked to turn their radio to 91.1 FM. Of course, many forget or don’t see the sign alerting them about how this works.

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