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. 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. The show eventually grew to over 85,000 lights and 544 channels of animation.
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, Corey’s Goal and the Alive Center.
What started as a way to earn money grew into Brookdale Landscaping Inc. while his interest in lights turned into a passion for creating the Manchester Court Holiday Light Show. After immense success in the lighting industry, Brookdale Lighting, LLC was formed as a sister company to Brookdale Landscaping, Inc. to solely focus on creating outdoor lighting environments for Chicagoland residents, businesses, and visitors to enjoy.
In 2018, Matt co-devolved Santa's Rockn' Lights, Lake County's first drive thru light show with All Community Events. The show features a mile long course with over 100,000 lights synchronized to music.
In 2020 Manchester Lights outgrew it original location and Matt went on to co-found Reindeer Events, LLC with Rich Janor to produce Reindeer Road. The new lighting experience debuted on December 1st of 2021 and featured the worlds largest reindeer.