A North Texas company is using drones to take holiday light displays to the next level this season.
Preston Ward and Rick Boss work for the two-year-old drone show company Sky Elements, which utilizes hundreds of drones to put on light shows and will hold over 30 shows around the country in December.
Boss told WFAA that all their shows are unique and feature different numbers of drones. Some have around 100, while others can have up to 1,000.
“It’s just something about how big it is in the sky, the colors, the whole combination. I still just enjoy every show,” Boss said.
Shows last about 10 minutes, but animators spend around 50 hours creating each one. Boss stated that at showtime, “it just takes one person pushing a button saying go,” Boss said.
According to the company’s website, the next Texas show will be held in Grapevine on December 17. It will be held downtown at 8 p.m. and feature 160 drones, with Peace Plaza offering some of the best views.
“Take the Christmas Capital of Texas to new heights and watch our fleet of 160 drones create Christmas magic in the sky over Main Street in front of Peace Plaza,” the City website reads. “We encourage you to show up early, park at the Grapevine Main garage, and view the show from Peace Plaza in front of Grapevine Main Station. Come gather, meet, connect, and celebrate with eats and treats from Harvest Hall and a breathtaking Christmas spectacle to remember all season long.”
The Grapevine show is sponsored by Harvest Hall & Hotel Vin.
Boss told WFAA that it is fun getting to show the holiday spirit at each event.
“The oohs, the aahs, hearing the kids scream out ‘Rudolph,’ ‘Santa,’ it’s definitely fun bringing joy to everybody,” Boss said.
Sky Elements is based out of North Richland Hills, which was treated to a drone light show earlier this month.
“This unique North Richland Hills business provided a great show at our Christmas Tree Lighting last week. We think they are pretty cool and wish them continued success,” posted the City on its Facebook page.