From a young age, Matt Baker showed an interest in lights. His parents can remember him asking for lights and extension cords for his birthday and Christmas as well as constantly begging them to take him to see local light shows in the community. With wishes of creating his own light show, mixed with the reality of how expensive the equipment would be, Matt began thinking of ways to earn money in order to fund his dream.
The next two summers were spent mowing lawns as a way to earn money in order to purchase programming kits, lights, and professional equipment. Matt was able to set up a small display at his family home on the corner of Manchester Street and Foxhill Road. After many hours of working, researching, and programming, Matt’s dream became a reality when residents of Manchester Court pitched the idea of having a display with the cul-de-sac. In 2012 the Manchester Court Holiday Lights Show was born. The show consisted of 10,000 lights and 32 channels of computer animation, Matt was humbled and inspired by the outpouring support he received from the community and knew this was the beginning of a tradition.
Every year donations are collected and given to an organization in the Naperville community. The Manchester lights Show has raised funds for the Make a Wish Foundation, Naperville Area Humane Society, Toys for Tots, and Corey’s Goal. This year, donations will benefit the Alive Center.
What started as a way to earn money grew into Brookdale Landscaping and Lighting Inc. while his interest in lights turned into a passion for creating the Manchester Court Holiday Light Show.
The show and business now play a huge part in Matt’s life as well as his families and the community. In 2018, his company help to develop Lake County’s first drive thru lighting experience. Since then, Matt has been involved with other displays throughout the Chicagoland area. Though Matt is now a sophomore at Northern Illinois University, the show will continue to run as it brings Christmas cheer and reminds everyone what the holiday season is all about!