Landon's light show launches Saturday in Stratford

Jim Day
Published on November 28, 2012
The lights at Landon Holmes' house in 2010
Guardian photo by Brian McInnis

Follow the Light
To get to Landon’s Light show in Stratford, which kicks off Saturday at 7 p.m., turn onto Kinlock Road in Stratford (Sobeys on the corner). Continue straight at the stop sign and travel about 1 kilometre, past the Fox Meadow Golf Course. Turn right onto MacLauchlan Drive at the large Beacon Hill sign. Continue to the stop sign and enjoy the show. 

Landon Holmes is once again set to flip Islanders into a festive mood as well as get them into the spirit of giving.

For the third straight year, the 20-year-old Stratford resident has transformed his parents’ home into a glowing, musical beacon of seasonal cheer.

Hundreds of spectators are expected to stand lawn-side or sit in their vehicles Saturday when Holmes lights up his home at 7 p.m.

Large speakers outside the house will pump out Christmas tunes during the glitzy, entertaining show.

“I love opening night and having so many people show up is awesome,’’ said Holmes.

“I think I am just as excited as all of the kids who can’t wait for the light show to begin.’’

Charlotte Comrie, CEO of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, P.E.I., is set for another spirited fundraiser. All money dropped into a collection box by spectators appreciative of the dazzling show will be donated to the foundation.

Close to $12,000 was raised for this charity during the first two years of the light show so with Holmes going even bigger this year, perhaps the three-year tally will top $20,000.

“Opening night is so special for me,’’ said Comrie.

“It’s a great kick off to a terrific fundraising event for our organization and it delights me to see so many people show up and reward Landon for all his hard work.’’

Spectators are encouraged to arrive early in order to stake out their favourite viewing spot and find a parking space.

Once the light show is turned on, it will run daily from 5 to 11 p.m. up until New Year’s Day.

After Saturday, spectators can enjoy the light show from the comfort of their vehicles by tuning their radio to 96.5 on the FM dial.