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Holiday tradition hits the road in Vermont

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The crew at SD Ireland Companies in Burlington is getting ready for the holiday season. And they're doing it with lots of tape and lights.

"Clear duct tape is a beautiful thing," Kim Ireland said with a laugh.

Every year the company dolls up and rolls out its famous Christmas trucks. It's an illuminating tradition eight years in the making.

"My husband came up with the idea," Ireland said. "Just thought it would be cool to light one up."

This year the crew will bling out two large cement mixers and a mini mixer that will drive around churning out cheer until Christmas.

"It's what we do," Ireland said.

It takes two days to clean and prepare the truck before crews work on each one for two weeks covering every part with lights, including the spinning mixer. The question the company gets asked most is how?

"There's a switch inside the truck that runs the drum. It has to turn all the time when there's concrete and there's a generator that runs the rest of the lights," Ireland said.

But let's be serious...

"It's really Christmas magic is how we do it," Ireland said.

The end result is jaw-dropping, spectacular, light-up-your-life amazing.

"I think it's great they do it," Katie Levevvre said. "It's fun for the kids and even me."

"Everyone comes running screaming," driver Kyle Carpenter said. "People stop, take pictures. It's a lot of fun."

Carpenter has driven the Christmas trucks for the past two years and says there are some challenges driving a giant glowing truck.

"It's hard to see," he said. "There's a piece of tint on the glass that dulls the hue a little."

Winter slop from the roads sometimes can short out the lights, as well. But Carpenter says the reaction he gets outshines it all.

"Anytime I get asked to drive without a doubt I accept," he said.

So just how many lights are on each truck? Here's a hint: it costs several thousand dollars to light up one truck.

"More than a million," guessed Walker Huges, 9.

Well, a little less. There are 25,000 twinkling lights.

"That's a lot of Christmas lights, yes," Ireland said.

Kim Ireland says this bright light show is not about drumming up business, but about cementing a strong relationship with the community.

"It's just a great time of year to get community to get together and the little kids really love it. So, it's a feel-good thing, which is just great," she said.

Making sure everyone's holiday is merry and extremely bright.

WCAX wants to see your pictures of the SD Ireland trucks this year. You can post them to our Facebook page along with the location of where you caught a glimpse of the glowing trucks. Click here for the schedule of where to see the trucks.

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