Moffat County teen’s holiday lights shine bright downtown, at home |

Moffat County teen’s holiday lights shine bright downtown, at home

Scott Schlaufman
Clint Gabbert
Brian Smith

Clint Gabbert, 19, stands Monday in front of a Christmas lights and music display in downtown Craig. He is shown outside his pet store, The Jungle, which he has owned since March. Gabbert said his downtown light show contains 30,000 lights, and the one he organized at his parents’ home north of Craig has about 70,000 lights.
Brian Smith

Beer commercials aren’t typically a source of inspiration, but several years ago Clint Gabbert had an epiphany while watching one.

The commercial featured the house of Ohio resident Carson Williams decked in lights that synchronized with music from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

“I saw that and I’m like, ‘I always wanted to do that,’” the 19-year-old Gabbert said.

After some research, Gabbert found the resources to put his own show together at his house off Moffat County Road 103.

The show is in its fourth year, and this year Gabbert also put together a show with 30,000 lights that spans five businesses along Yampa Avenue.

The downtown Craig display runs from 5 to 7 p.m. each night and is larger than a similar display Gabbert put together for Halloween, which focused primarily on his pet shop, The Jungle.

The downtown Christmas display incorporates six businesses that purchased equipment to help run the show. The show started at the beginning of the month and Gabbert said it will last until the end of the year.

The show at his home, which has become a local tradition for residents, started as a simple display with only the lights that his family owned at this time.

“We really didn’t have too big of a display,” Gabbert said. “It was just our lights that we had put up every year. I just plugged them into controllers and made them flash.”

In the second year of his display, the show mimicked a display put on by one of Gabbert’s idols, Utah man Richard Holdman, and it has continued growing.

Last year’s display featured a Christmas tree of lights 40-feet tall, but problems getting equipment kept it from returning.

This year’s show has 70,000 lights and includes a 22-feet tall “mega tree” made of blue LED lights. The show runs from 5 to 10 p.m. each night.

“It’s a little more interactive, and the kids will really like it more,” Gabbert said.

Due to the work required for the downtown display, his show at home didn’t begin until Saturday, but Gabbert plans on keeping it going into early January.

Both shows feature modern and classic Christmas music, which can be heard both outside and by radio.

The show at his house normally uses the 107.7 FM frequency and downtown can be heard on 98.7 FM.

The stations sometimes change due to technical problems, Gabbert said, but visitors are notified of the changes.

The Gabbert home is located at 11327 Moffat County Road 103, which is about 20 miles outside of Craig. The light show is not operated in the rain.