For nearly 10 years, Jeff Trykoski has choreographed the stunning holiday lights-to-music in Frisco Square. Jeff is a busy man this time of year, but Lifestyle Frisco caught up with him to learn a bit more about the man behind the lights.
1. What is your biggest worry or feat when it comes to executing a flawless show each year?
The key is planning. The lighting portion of Christmas in the Square is a production that starts planning every January for the upcoming Christmas season. It isn’t just me – it takes a dedicated team from Frisco Square, the City of Frisco, dozens of installers and many sponsors to pull together. While the light show is a key draw to Frisco Square, the many events and activities throughout November and December put on by the City of Frisco and Frisco Square are really the centerpiece. We have a great team that works together to put on a spectacular overall production each Christmas season.
2. Rumor has it that you have some fun changes in store for us next year. Can you give us any hints as to what you have planned?
The rumors are true. The fun changes involve my home light display – the existing display is being completely redesigned from the ground up for 2015 with new and exciting elements that haven’t been done before. Come visit my front yard on Sunday, November 29th, 2015 and see what I have in store. Planning for 2015 has already begun. I think you will be impressed, Frisco.
3. Your own home in Frisco continues to shine each year with one of the largest residential computerized Christmas light displays in North Texas. I would imagine the traffic in front of your home is constant. Do your neighbors try to compete with grand light displays (or at least join in the fun)?
The traffic really isn’t that much of an issue (like it was in 2004/2005) now that a lot more people in North Texas are doing animated displays. A number of houses really get into the Christmas spirit in my neighborhood, which is great. Christmas lights aren’t a contest (I turn down multiple opportunities each year from as far away as Germany to do TV shows). The publicity and “contest” aspects isn’t what this is about – rather it’s a unique way to create great Christmas memories in kids young and old and become a tradition for families. If you drive by my house or Frisco Square and leave with a smile on your face, I’ve done my job of helping spread Christmas cheer in my own special way. I have a great group of friends and family that help me build my home Christmas display each year in early November – it’s a lot of fun to get everyone together for the weekend.
4. I’m tempted to ask you what your electricity bill is in December… But instead, can you tell us a bit about the lights display you put together on the campus of Texas A&M last year?
In 2013, my ex-wife and I decided to loan our display to our University. I loaned every part of my display and donated additional lights, materials and time to setup a large display at the Chancellor’s house on the campus of Texas A&M across from the Bush library. It was a lot of fun and a great way to give back to the University. Stay tuned for more details about 2015.
BTW – the LED lights in my yard only add about $20 to my December electric bill.
5. Did you grow up in a household that “went big” when it comes to Christmas decor, or is this a tradition that has started with you?
Growing up in Houston, I have many positive memories of putting up lights with my parents and brothers. I also have a few great memories of driving to a few houses in the area that really did classic displays. When I moved into my house in 2001, Frisco was a lot smaller and not many people in my area did Christmas lights. Little did I know my childhood memories would turn into a larger hobby and somewhat of a tradition.
Thank you to Jeff Trykoski (Ilumimax, LLC.) for sharing your time, talents and memories with us!