This Airplane Wrapped in 1.5 Miles of Christmas Lights Is the Most Magical Christmas Light Show of the Year (Video)
The best holiday lights aren’t on your crazy neighbor’s house. They’re actually at the airport.
In celebration of the holiday season, ground staff at London’s Luton Airport created a fabulous light display inside the easyJet hangar, according to the Daily Mail.
In just 24 hours, the staff and a team of special effects artists built a gorgeous show from 850,000 choreographed light sequences from 1.5 miles of lights wrapped around an easyJet Airbus A320, which was also surrounded by more holiday decorations inside the hangar.
In addition, the lights were set to a very festive remix of Tchaikovsky's “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” from The Nutcracker.
The special effects team was given four weeks to prepare the sequences for the first-ever aircraft light show. The show was a part of the airport’s 80th anniversary celebration, the Daily Mail reported.
According to the Independent, the event was the “world’s biggest ever light show involving an aircraft.” However, there’s no Guiness World Record for this very specific title. Perhaps it’s time to start one?
In addition to families of the airport staff, the light show was attended by children from Chantry Primary Academy and Whitefield Primary School.
“As we reach the end of our redevelopment — the largest in the airport's 80-year history — we wanted to extend a huge thank you to staff and customers and give them a special Christmas gift,” airport operations director Neil Thompson told the Daily Mail. “Our team were given just 24 hours to dress an entire aircraft hangar and easyJet A320 Airbus plane before guests were treated to a dramatic Christmas lights switch on.”
But beyond just being a fun holiday event, the project was also created to celebrate the hard work of London Luton Airport workers as well, according to the Independent. The growing airport is expected to increase its annual passenger count to 18 million by 2020.
Before the busy holiday travel weekend kicks off, it’s wonderful to take a moment and appreciate the beauty of the season. And give an extra thanks to the airport staff helping you get where you’re going.