Central Utah family’s Christmas lights make it on Prime Time TV

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GLENWOOD (News4Utah) – Jake Albrecht manages an oil plant and serves as the mayor of this small Sevier County town, population 464…but he still has time to decorate his house for the holidays. REALLY decorate it.

“In August, it’s time to start putting up Christmas lights,” Albrecht said. “We probably have over 80,000.”

Each year Jake and his wife Sandy transform their home into the North Pole South with hundreds of wooden cutouts, inflatables and all those twinkling lights.

“It’s magical,” the Albrechts’ daughter Christal Anderson told News4Utah. “I think it’s awesome.”

It’s easy to find the Albrecht house. At night when it’s lit up you can see it from all over the Sevier Valley…and 40,000 feet up in the sky.

“We had a friend that was flying from Provo to Phoenix,” Sandy Albecht said. “She called another lady here in town and she says ‘I knew when I was over Glenwood. I could see the lights from the planes’.”

The Albrechts’ oldest son Jarad has Down Syndome and loved helping with the lights as a kid. Now he has a new job.

“Boss,” Jarad said.

Back in October, a crew from show “The Great Christmas Light Fight” spent three days filming their house for an episode that airs Monday night.

So is Jake nuts for doing all of this?

“Well some people think I am,” he said. “A lot of people think I am.”

“Somebody asked about doing it,” Sandy said. “And he says ‘You know what? I get to enjoy Christmas for 30 days instead of 30 minutes on Christmas morning’ so this is kind of his gift to others.”

“There’s just something about Christmas and Christmas lights that I really enjoy,” Jake said. “It’s a special time of year. I can sit in my house and watch the kids come up our driveway and the expressions that are on their faces is just unbelievable. It’s just a magical time of year.”

The Albrechts welcome visitors to drive by their home and even stop and walk around. 

By the way, their electricity bill triples this time of year from about $150 a month to $450.

To see what the house looks like all lit up…you’ll just have to wait until Monday night at 8 o’clock on ABC4.

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