One of my favourite scrimping activities over the holidays is to tour around to see Victoria’s best Christmas lighting displays. The warm, cheery glow of the coloured bulbs invariably leaves me with the same feeling inside.
It seems the least we can do to pay homage to the homeowners and businesses who invest countless hours to create their magical illusions—not to mention the electricity bills they must rack up. When you think about it, these extravagant lighting displays are truly a charitable act, something created more for us, the viewers, than for the benefit of the homeowner inside.
Each December, the Times-Colonist newspaper publishes a map to help holiday light seekers find the biggest and brightest displays. Here is a link to the TC’s 2012 Christmas Light Tour map.
To their credit, many of the homeowners who create these twinkling extravaganzas do so year after year. Some decorate with such merry enthusiasm that they inspire their neighbours up and down the entire street to get in on the act. I especially love these community displays. And while every holiday season is different, the following blocks have been known to put on a “really big show” in past years.
- 1100-1200 block of Marin Park Close in Brentwood Bay
- Galbraith Close in Saanichton
- 1200 block of Alan Road, off Wilkinson Road in Saanich
- Ponderosa Crescent, off Wilkinson Road in Saanich
- 4400 block Leney Place in Saanich
Final note: I’ve been advised by a reader in the know that the Esquimalt Canadian Forces Base will NOT be showcasing its lighted naval ships this year, due to construction at the site. Let’s hope they are back on the tour next year.