What's New with The Ultimate Tree?
What's new for 2014 - Lots of Lights!!!
The Ultimate Tree is starting its second year in its new location!!! Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead has graciously agreed to host the my display - which has grown much larger than the original Ultimate Tree. The facility itself also allows much better parking and viewing from their spacious parking facility.
The display has also been expanded and improved. The Farmstead building is an ideal setting for the display because of its unique character and larger size. Many new display components have been added including large 3D Spheres, a Whimsical Tree Forest, and a new 20' Majestic Star. And some new songs have been added as well.
This is one of the largest and most sophisticated displays in the Midwest. Utilizing a rack of computers and newly developed next generation LED display control technology, the underlying hardware and software is used to create a show reminiscent of a Disney presentation. And many hundreds of hours have gone into programming the display so the lights and music are synchronized often down to specific notes in the songs. The end result is a spectacular show that your family will enjoy.
The Deanna Rose Farmstead is located at 138th and Switzer in Overland Park, not far from the display's previous location. The display will run each night between 5:00 until 10:00 Thanksgiving through January 5th.
What's new for 2012?
The Ultimate Tree is up and running for 2012. Every routine for every song has been tweaked and improved. And a new song has been added this year - The Little Drummer Boy. We hope you like it.
In 2013 we are going to move the display to a new location (close by) that will better handle the traffic flow. The Ultimate Tree is no longer a "well kept secret" and we want to expose it to as many people as possible. And, at the same time there are big plans to expand the display to be bigger and bolder than it is now. We are talking with some possible locations now, but if you have an idea please send me an email.
What's new for 2009?
The 2009 Christmas Season brought several new display changes. We added a 7-foot LED wreath, and eight little Christmas trees. The wreath was a good complement to the giant tree!
This picture of the 2009 display shows the Ultimate Tree, House Pixels, Wall Washers and Wreath.
What's new for 2008?
The 2008 videos are now available and are also posted on YouTube. See The Ultimate Tree Videos.
In 2008 the house was outlined in pixels much like those on the tree. Each pixel can be individually controlled to be any one of 16.7 million colors. Many of the house patterns reflect or complement what's going on with the tree.
This is a closeup of the LED pixels that line the roofline. The pixels and electronics are protected (kept dry) by a clear plastic tube.
The tubes were all assembled and tested in the off-months the warm, dry basement :)
Inside each tube is 10 pixels, a power supply, and the electronics to drive the pixels.
HGTV featured the Ultimate Tree in its holiday special "All Out
Christmas". You can see a clip of this special at The Ultimate Tree Videos.