Megan Mackay’s parents will be in for the Christmas surprise of a lifetime when they return from vacation this week.
Mackay, her husband, siblings and friends have been busy little elves the past few weeks decorating their parents’ home at 893 Pacific Dr. in Tsawwassen without telling them.
“We have lots of lights, huge blow ups, cardboard cut-outs, candy canes, Santas, everything Christmas. Hopefully everyone enjoys it,” said Mackay. “My parents have no idea we are doing this.”
Mackay said a large Christmas display has been something her dad always wanted to do, but has never pulled the trigger on.
“So we thought we would pull it for him,” Mackay said with a laugh. “They thought about just starting to decorate when they got home, so we thought it would be hilarious to just really do it up, so that’s what we are doing. I think they will be very excited to see everything. I think they will both be in shock, because I don’t think they will realize the extent we are going to. We even have a cut-out of Clark Griswold.”
Zoie McGregor, her husband Dave and their kids have a gingerbread house theme at their home at 5520-6th Ave. in Tsawwassen.
“We’ve been slowly growing over the last 10 years. It’s evolved into more of a gingerbread house theme. I hope we can continue to keep growing it every year,” McGregor said.
The family even has a mini-movie playing with a gingerbread theme.
“We turned a barbecue gazebo into a little gingerbread house and the back wall has the mini movie playing,” she said. “As my kids get older they take a bigger role in this. I guess we started this theme about five or six years ago and just started growing it from there.”
She said Christmas has always been big in her family.
“We love having people driving by our home and stop and visit. We get excited when people stop, notice our display and enjoy it,” she added. “Bringing that kind of Christmas joy to others is really fun for us. A neighbour texted me a week ago and said I wasn’t thinking anything about Christmas until I saw your house. We like bringing the spirit of Christmas. It’s fun.”
Bob and Judith Olszowiecare at it again at 5856-50th Ave. in Ladner with their display up and running from 5 to 11 p.m. daily until Jan. 7. They’ve added 1,500 red and green bulbs this year and have two computers running, one timing the waterfall effect on the hedge and the other synchronizing the music with the lights.
Mark Pinfield, who lives in the Windsor Woods complex on 14th Avenue in Tsawwassen, wrote the Optimist saying don’t forget about condo dwellers.
“We may have limited balcony space to work with, but some of us put up lots of lights and or fun displays,” he stated.
Here are some of the displays of note in South Delta:
893 Pacific Dr.
5200- and 5300-blocks of Camaro Dr.
1044 English Bluff Rd.
Rotary Club of Tsawwassen’s decorated trees at Diefenbaker Park.
4600- and 4700-blocks of 55A St.
5374 and 5376-46th Ave.
6269 Brodie Rd.