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Bring your Feet to our Street!

December 7, 2009

It’s dark when I leave for work and it’s dark when I get home. Thankfully, the tradition of Christmas lights brings a bit of brightness to carry me home. Some of my neighbours go all out, but I appreciate even the lone strand to acknowledge the season.

In a neighbourhood not too far away they’ve taken it to a whole new level. Why not combine the enthusium for Christmas lights with charity?

For over 10 years the neighbours of Trinity street have pulled out all the stops to deck their houses with lights and whimsy and created a great tradition.  It’s free to walk along the street and enjoy the display, but even better you can buy a ballot at the local McGill Grocery, for $2.00 and vote for your favourite house.  The funds raised are donated to a local Hospice and Daycare.  This grassroots charity really brings home what the ‘Season of Giving’ is all about.

There have been some dark moments in that past as the event grew, drawing record crowds and the unpleasant side effect of property damage and gridlock.  Let me explain that Trinity street is only about 6 blocks long and there is lots of parking, especially on the surrounding side streets.  There is also lots of parking south of McGill and two easily accessed crosswalks with pedestrian controlled lights.  You could even take the number 4 bus from downtown! Most importantly, you won’t get the full effect if you are driving.

Please, from me and from the Trinty neighbours, park your car and walk – you won’t regret it!

Trinity Christmas Light display is open from Dec 14th to 20th and runs along Trinity between Nanaimo Street and Renfrew Street.

Happy Holidays!

p.s. My skills don’t nearly capture the amazing lights on this street – I guarantee you won’t be dissappointed.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Yvonne permalink
    December 8, 2009 3:49 pm

    Beautiful! I’d forgotten all about this street. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

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