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Music, bright lights put Ellicott City holiday display on the map

Music, bright lights put Ellicott City holiday display on the map

'Twas the night before Labor Day and all through the Ellicott City house, not a creature was stirring – except for Bryan Bartlett, who was busily testing strings of holiday lights and synchronizing them to trendy songs.

Yes, the holiday lighting king of 4802 Red Hill Way works from September through Thanksgiving on his annual Christmas extravaganza, a month-long display that has drawn visitors from as far away as Lancaster, Pa.

"In my head, people driving a distance just to come see this deserve as good an experience and as good a holiday memory as I can give them," he said.

Bartlett, 38, estimates that tens of thousands of people from Howard neighborhoods...

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