Christmas has come to Mission’s Buffalo Drive.
A huge light display is both brightening up the street and helping to fill the shelves at Mission’s local food banks.
Jeremy Vendrasco has been decorating his family’s home for the past three years, but for 2015, he decided to go big – 25,000 lights big.
“My uncle used to do one in Coquitlam. He’s the one who got me into it. I always used to love to go by and see his house. He used to do about 50,000 lights,” Vendrasco explained.
The Mission man’s display not only consists of 25,000 lights, but several scenes as well, including a moving Ferris wheel, nativity scene, reindeer, penguins, a small village, carolers and more.
“The kids love it. I like to keep them happy and I’m a huge kid myself.”
He put the display together by purchasing a huge amount of decorations and convincing his uncle to sell him many of his old pieces, now that he’s decided to retire the Coquitlam display.
In the past, Vendrasco put up the decorations for his four children and the neighbourhood to enjoy, but this year he’s inviting everybody to come by and take a look.
He has created a drop box at the front of the display so the public can donate food items or cash for Mission’s food banks.
“As long as it goes to helping families, that’s all that matters to me.”
He will keep the display lit every night, until Dec. 29.
He’s already planning to expand the display to 40,000 lights by 2016.
Anyone who wants to see the display can drive by 32228 Buffalo Drive in Mission. Don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food item.
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