Mark Broeker says he's a man obsessed when it comes to his Christmas lights, putting up miles of lines of lights on 17 timers to reach three houses, a couple of garages, multiple trees and self-standing displays.
It takes him three days just to lay out the power cords.
Mark Broeker says he’s a man obsessed when it comes to his Christmas lights, putting up miles of lines of lights on 17 timers to reach three houses, a couple of garages, multiple trees and self-standing displays.
It all began in 2012 when the local businessman says he came out of a “Bah Humbug stage.’
“I used to not like Christmas lights or fireworks and now I do both,” says Mark. “I just decided to enjoy life.”
Mark purchased his first home on Lake of the Ozarks in 1997 and has loved it here ever since, purchasing another two over time as rentals with one being an old rock cabin.
In 2012, Mark began lighting up the 33 mile marker of the Osage Arm at just his one home, then the next year to the next house and to the next. His efforts have grown over the years to encompass all of his buildings and trees, self-standing displays. He’s even started creeping over onto a few of his neighbor’s trees.
Much to their delight apparently as they contacted the Lake Sun for a story about this amazing display.
His efforts have even led to some other neighbors in his subdivision to do a little more for the holiday season, making for a festive little neighborhood in the Sunrise Beach area.
The work begins for Mark around Thanksgiving. He says he doesn’t count the hours it takes - he doesn’t want to know. But he can usually average seven trees a night.
Mark spends hours after work each evening putting up lights from the day after Thanksgiving through Christmas and continues to add little bits even through New Year’s Eve.
But it’s something he enjoys doing. And lucky for us, his enjoyment is also our delight during the holidays.