By Ryan Harris
ETON, Ga. -- A Christmas lights show that has created an Internet buzz and drawn several visitors to this Murray County town will end tonight.
"Things have gone far better than we ever expected," said Dennis Brown, owner of Amazing Auto Glass and creator of the "Amazing Christmas" event in Eton City Park.
More than 200,000 lights dance to holiday music during the free show, which runs on a one-hour loop. Visitors can watch from their car and hear the music on an FM radio broadcast.
The show, which began before Christmas, ends at midnight tonight. The park is located off U.S. Highway 411.
Mr. Brown doesn't charge admission, but he said $3,000 has been collected for the town's Secret Santa program. The city, in turn, provides power for the lights.
Attendance isn't counted, but Mr. Brown said the small city park has hosted up to 300 cars at one time. He said it's been the most successful year in the three years he has organized the show.
Videos of the Christmas lights have been viewed by nearly 29,000 people on YouTube.com. Mr. Brown posted 45 videos to the Web site.
Visitors to the show have come from several states, Mr. Brown said.
Eton City Clerk Kim Hall said many people have called from the Chattanooga area asking for directions.
"I was in line at the store one night and a gentlemen from Atlanta said he came up just to see the lights," Ms. Hall said. "It seems everyone is enjoying them."
Eton City Councilman Steve Shaw said the Christmas lights have been a boon to the town of 500 people by boosting booth tourism dollars and holiday spirit.
"It helps bring families together," he said.
Mr. Brown said the success will be hard to top next year, but plans are already being made to try.
"It's going to be bigger, and we are going to need more power," he said.
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