Kelly and Carrie Giesbrecht have a Christmas light display around their home that gives Ladysmith’s Festival of Lights a run for its money.
The Giesbrechts have been decorating for seven years, five of which have been at their property in Yellow Point. It takes them about a month to set up all their decorations, and a whole year of planning to pull it off. The set up is a family effort. Kelly, Carrie and their son Vincent all have a hand in the display.
“We enjoy it. We like to get rid of the darkness this time of year,” Kelly Giesbrecht said.
Kelly designs and builds some of the decorations himself. This year, they designed a lotus flower out of metal and PVC pipe. Last year, they made a hanging ornament called ‘Sputnik’. Kelly said they haven’t named the lotus flower yet, and they’re open to suggestions.
After years of having the public drive past their house, the Giesbrechts decided to open their property to the public. Everyone is welcome to walk through their property, provided that they remain on the driveway and are respectful.
“You can’t see everything unless you come take a walk,” Carrie Giesbrecht said. “We used to be outside enjoying the light, but now it’s dark and we can’t be out. So we’ve made it colourful, and bright, so we can be out here and enjoy ourselves.”
People often ask where the Giesbrechts store their Christmas decorations. They have a shed dedicated solely to Christmas decorations. Another common question is how expensive their electricity bill is, but it only costs around 30 cents an hour to run their display.
The Giesbrechts do not take any donations. They put on the display because they love doing it — and people love to come see it. People come from all over the area to visit, including a limo company from Nanaimo that brings tours out on weekends.
Their home has placed first and second in judging by the Crazy House Lights from Duncan to Ladysmith group.
The Giesbrechts are very active on house light Facebook groups. They are listed in the Crazy House Lights from Duncan to Ladysmith group and Vancouver Island Christmas Light Displays. The Vancouver Island Christmas Light Displays group also features a map of all light displays in the area.
Their home is at 13565 Wagon Wheel Drive in Yellow Point. All are welcome to visit and look at the lights.