Bigger and better holiday light show planned for Stratford neighbourhood

Landon Holmes' display -- with 10,000 more Christmas lights this year -- turns on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.

Published on November 22, 2012
Alex Davidson, left, Landon Holmes and Charlotte Comrie, of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of P.E.I., are getting ready for Holmes’ famous Christmas light show at his parents’ house in the Beacon Hill area of Kinlock. Money raised from donations will go to the foundation.
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STRATFORD — As soon as Landon Holmes put away all the lights from last year’s show, he started plans for making this year’s holiday show even bigger and better.

While some may wonder how his’s light show of the past two years could get any better, Holmes intends to dazzle everyone who drives by his parents’ Stratford home.

“This year’s show will be awesome and I can’t wait to share it with everyone,” said Holmes. “There will be lots more lights and more music too.”

To make all of this happen, Holmes has purchased another 10,000 lights and 100 extension cords.

He has more than doubled the size of the computer equipment used to turn the lights on and off to the beat of jazzy Christmas tunes.  

This holiday extravanganza is truly a “family affair.”

Again this year, Holmes’ older brother, Ben, will take charge of the computer programming.

“Last year, we had 32 different channels that I had to program and now that the system has a much larger capacity, it takes a lot more time to program each song,” says Ben.

“Plus with the new large fan, the big rolling hoops, a big star on the roof and more decorated trees, all of these now have to be added into the music programming.”

From the beginning, Landon’s parents have supported this project.

“We are so very proud of Landon and all of his work and dedication. Landon gets so much pleasure from watching everyone enjoy his show,” says his father, Glenn.  

The most common question the family gets each year is, “How much does your electricity bill go up?”

Surprisingly, it was only about $60 last year and even though this year’s show will be bigger, they don’t expect a big increase because the show is mostly LED lights.

As in the past, Landon’s Holiday Light Show will collect donations for the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s work on P.E.I.

“We are so grateful to Landon and his family for their amazing support of the foundation,” says Charlotte Comrie, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of P.E.I. “Over the last two years, Landon’s show has raised almost $12,000, funds that are of major importance in enabling our delivery of life-saving and life-enhancing programs, so Islanders can live longer and fuller lives.”

“I will be turning all the lights on for first time on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m.,” said Holmes.

“Last year, there were several hundred people on our front lawn for opening night and I hope even more will come this year.”

Holmes’ light show is in the Beacon Hill subdivision in Stratford at 13 Beacon Hill Dr.