The Penticton Western News is getting into the holiday spirit and looking for all the best Christmas light displays in town.
To get everyone in the spirit too, we’re hosting a contest for the best and brightest Christmas houses.
There will be weekly prizes and on the final week there will be a draw for a $100 Canadian Tire gift card.
Let us know about your or your neighbourhood’s Christmas displays by emailing pictures to editor@pentictonwesternnews or by messaging Penticton Western News on Facebook.
A winner will be drawn every week, with winners being rewarded with a variety of prizes including movie popcorn from Landmark Cinemas.
Darryl Jones has been turning his family’s home into a Christmas wonderland every December for more than two decades at their Huth Avenue address.
Pentictonites from all around come to see the latest additions to the extensive display that includes lit deer, huge lighted trees, full Grinch display and more.
But like so many of us, with COVID ruining so many things, Jones decided to make their display even bigger and brighter this year.
“I went all out this year, and added a lot more things,” said Jones about his display, which begins in the front yard with penguins skating on a pond, a 14-foot Grinch and all the characters, a huge gingerbread man village and so much more.
Then from Thursday until Sunday night, he opens up their backyard, which he calls ‘a winter wonderland’ full of thousands of eight reindeer, full size sleigh and the miniature Christmas town display.
Penticton residents have commented on how much joy the Christmas house on Huth Avenue has brought them.
“I just love doing this. A couple years ago someone stole my Max (dog). I’m not going to let thieves ruin Christmas so instead I added four more characters,” he said.
Their home is located just off Fairview.
They are also collecting non-perishable food items for the Oasis United Church food cupboard and the Salvation Army food bank.
Check out their winter wonderland backyard Thursday, Fridays, Saturdays to Sundays, 6 to 8 p.m.
There are lots of great displays to see around town.
The Western News will continue to add to the light list and endeavour to make a map so you can take your own self-guided Christmas light tours.
Must see Christmas lights:
Huth Ave., off Fairview
Killarney, Kilwinning and King streets
Moosejaw, off Duncan
Atkinson close to Cherry Lane
Coleman St. between Green Ave. and Blairmore Cres.
Pineview Rd., Abbott and Hansen St.
Hatfield Ave. across from Columbia Elementary school
Sendero Canyon (Lawrence Ave.)