Elon Musk is known for his outgoing personality and quirkiness. If you don’t think so, just follow him on Twitter, your feed will be sprinkled with strange tweets and Tesla plugs, and sometimes a mix of the two.
What I’m about to write about isn’t new, but it is fun to know about if you’re a Tesla Model X owner or the friend of someone who owns one.
The video head of this article was posted by Tesla a few years ago, what you’re seeing is three Tesla Model X’s performing a show that is cheerfully known as “Merry Model Xmas.” It seems Elon is a fan of Wizards in Winter by the Trans Siberian Orchestra, or someone on the Model X development team is at least. The video is not a hack, or trickery, or a marketing scheme, it is indeed a function built into the Model X that was released in a software update near the end of 2016.
To activate the Christmas show, get in the car, turn it on, when the central control screen comes on, look for the Tesla T at the center top. Touch and hold the Tesla T for a few seconds, one of two things will happen:
- A password prompt will pop up, for this enter the password “ModelXmas”
- The vehicle information screen will appear and a new menu will open with some icons, tap the Christmas tree ornament
After one of those two scenarios happens, get out of your car, close all the doors, stand back, lock the car from your key fob and watch the show.
No matter if you’re a fan of Tesla, Musk or Christmas, you’ll find this feature cool. And if you don’t, watch it again and we think you might find it a bit interesting.
The song played by the car is called “Wizards in Winter” by Trans Siberian Orchestra. A wonderful holiday orchestra formed by heavy metal band Savatage in the mid-1990s. If you have the chance, go see TSO in concert, I have been to their concerts almost every year for the past decade. Every year is different, and their light and stage performance is simply awe-mazing. They also donate $1 of every ticket sold to a local charity.