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Berlin family light show returns to spread holiday cheer

Posted at 11:32 PM, Dec 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-07 00:32:45-05

BERLIN, Wis. (NBC 26) -- The Fisher family light show in Berlin that went viral this spring for honoring healthcare workers is back with another free spectacular for the holiday season.

Husband Chris surprised his wife Cindy, a physician at Thedacare Medical Center, with a tribute set to "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" when she was driving home from work one day after working in the respiratory unit. Their video was shared over 600,000 times on Facebook.

"That was just something that was uplifting and heartwarming to us, and then obviously we know that that video went viral and helped a lot of people," Cindy Fisher said. "We got tons of feedback not just in the united states but elsewhere across the world."

As the pandemic continues to slam Wisconsin hospitals with worsening coronavirus cases, the Fishers wanted to continue using their lights to spread joy.

"Bare minimum, if people enjoy the show, have a little fun night out, that's great," Chris Fisher said. "If other people see it and wanna do it too, even better."

Approximately 6,500 LED lights cover the front of their Maple Ridge Road house to dazzle in sync to a thirteen minute playlist customized by Chris. The songs range from "Frozen" covers to T-Pain, and include a special Packers song on Sundays.

"I wanted to focus on fun, uplifting songs. Something to take someone's mind off it a little bit," Fisher said.

Chris and Cindy spend at least 30 hours of programming per song, but have come to cherish the memories made from both building and sharing this labor of love with their community.

"With all of the things that have happened with the pandemic, this has been kind of our home family project," Cindy said. "Our kids have gotten involved. This has been every single date night between me and my husband."

While admission to the show is free, the Fishers are accepting donations for the Berlin Food Pantry next to their mailbox.