Tim Dorr’s holiday lights display has moved from Prairie Village to Olathe

The three li'l elves who serve as emcees for Tim Dorr's annual lights display.
The three li’l elves who serve as emcees for Tim Dorr’s annual lights display.

Northeast Johnson County families hoping to take in Tim Dorr’s famous holiday lights display will have to make a trip to the southwest this year.

After three years on the grounds of the Prairie Village pool, the display, which features more than 41,000 brilliant lights programmed to flash in choreographed sweeps and swirls to music people can hear through their car radios, Dorr has moved the show to Stagecoach Park next to the Olathe Community Center in Olathe.

Dorr was a longtime Prairie Village resident who started the display in the front yard of his house on Fontana Street. But after a neighbor expressed frustration in 2010 that the traffic the display generated was stressful, Dorr decided to look for another home for the attraction. After coming to an agreement with the city of Prairie Village, Dorr launched an expanded display on the grounds of the Prairie Village pool in 2011.

The display remained on the pool grounds for the next two years, attracting thousands of visitors who took it in from the SM East senior lot. But after Dorr moved from Prairie Village to Olathe in July 2013, he found the long trips needed to maintain the display in Prairie Village burdensome.

“[T]he distance we had to drive to maintain the display during set-up and throughout the show season was too great, and we had to either shut down the display this year or find a new home for it,” Dorr wrote on his blog.

This fall, he informed the city of Prairie Village that he planned to move the display to Olathe, closer to his new home. On Friday, Nov. 21, crews from Olathe public works department arrived in Prairie Village to transport the display elements, which had been stored in the Prairie Village public works facility, to Olathe. The display will run at Stagecoach Park through New Year’s Eve, running 5:30-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5:30-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday.