Christmas lights have been magical for Gahanna's Marco D'Andrea ever since he was toddler.
The 19-year-old is the creator and programmer of a holiday display at his family's residence, 140 Garston Court off Morse Road.
"He has been fascinated with lights since he was 2 years old," said Marco D'Andrea, his father. "It was his idea to go big on the decorations. He's a genius. He's a good, smart kid."
His mother, Melissa D'Andrea, said her son always had to have lights, and he knew names of colors at a young age.
The 2016 Gahanna Lincoln High School graduate said he started putting up the 35,000-light display with synchronized music Nov. 1, and it took three weeks to complete set-up and programming.
The teen created the display on his own, aside from some help from his dad on the roof.
He said the decorating effort started in 2004, when he was about 6 years old.
"My dad likes Christmas and my mom likes Halloween," said D'Andrea, who works as a lighting and sound coordinator at ScareAtorium and as a supervisor at Target.
He said he would like to work eventually as a general manager at a haunted house.
"I've been to over 40 haunted houses throughout the United States," he said. "I go to haunted-house conventions."
D'Andrea said he always enjoyed decorating the yard and house for Christmas.
"Five years ago, I started incorporating music and programming it to music," he said. "I like upbeat, fun music."
Some of the songs in this year's 12-minute rotation are "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Feliz Navidad," "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" and for the grand finale -- a contemporary version of "The Twelve Days of Christmas."
Visitors can tune their car radios to 88.5 FM when they arrive and listen to the music from the comfort of their vehicles.
The display features an animated Santa who waves, the Abominable Snow Monster from the "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" TV special, large peppermint lollipops, a sleigh, a penguin, huge light bulbs and a nativity.
A tree lit with purple and teal lights is a tribute to his late grandmother.
"We planted it (the tree) after grandma died," he said. "We always have cool colors on it."
New this year are large ornaments that light up on that tree.
"My favorite part would have to be our rock 'n' roll Santa Claus near the front of the driveway," D'Andrea said. "It takes five days to put up and eight hours to program one set of songs."
He considers himself an audio guy.
"I'm self-taught," D'Andrea said.
He said the family buys lights by the case after each Christmas to add to the following year's display.
The lights are mostly energy-efficient LEDs that are all flashing, and they don't increase the family's electric bill too much, according to D'Andrea.
"A lot of people like it," he said. "People in the community look forward to it."
The display has a Facebook page, www.facebook.com/DAndreaChristmas/.
Sarah Wilson Hanson posted a review Dec. 6, writing, "My 6-year-old and 2-year-old are entranced by the lights and how they match the music. Thank you! We drive around to look at lights every year but make a special trip for this house."
Another reviewer, December Compton, wrote Dec. 2, "I took my daughter by tonight and she kept saying, 'Wow Mom, this is so cool.' I should have brought some popcorn."
D'Andrea said it has become a tradition for some families.
"It brings a lot of joy," he said.
The display is available for viewing from 7:30 to 10 p.m. weekdays and 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.