Vanleeuwen family goes “full Griswold” for Christmas

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It’s hard to miss the Vanleeuwen home at night. Just look for the house with the dazzling Christmas light display that gives Clark Griswold a run for his money.

For the tenth year in a row, Jeff and Nancy Vanleeuwen have gone all out decorating their house on 220 Songbird Lane in Ilderton. They use hundreds of festive ornaments, strings of bright lights and Christmas music played through a loudspeaker to create the unforgettable experience.

Jeff and Nancy Leeuwen wearing their winter clothes outside at night
Jeff and Nancy Vanleeuwen transformed their house into a magical Christmas light display.

“My mother always made Christmas special for me and my siblings growing up. It’s an important tradition that means a lot to our family and the reason why I started the light display,” says Jeff.

Among the features is a brightly lit pink unicorn with a sign asking for donations to St. Joseph’s Season of Celebration campaign. The Vanleeuwen family believes it’s important to give back when possible and are reminding passing admirers to consider supporting local charities at Christmas. They are also collecting donations for the Ailsa Craig Food Bank and Childcan.

The extravagant light display at the Vanleeuwen household can be seen Monday to Thursday from 5:30 to 10 pm and Friday to Sunday from 5 to 11 pm. They will shine brightly until December 31.
 

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