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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Families and passers-by enjoy a giant Rudolph display in eastern Ontario

Families and passers-by flock to a giant Rudolph show in eastern Ontario.

Key takeaways:

  • A Christmas light display in eastern Ontario, which features a massive sleigh and reindeer that towers over everything else, has drawn visitors from all over the region.

Many people from all over the region have visited a Christmas light display in eastern Ontario, which features a massive sleigh and reindeer that towers over everything else.

The display is difficult to miss for those driving Highway 43 through Hallville.

Darrin Coleman, who has been putting up a lighted display on his property for the past 18 years, said, “Every year, I keep adding more to it.”

“Some years it’s a lot, some years it’s a little,” he explained, “but I try to add something new every year for people to see.”

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This year’s edition is a 14-foot tall Rudolph with a matching sleigh, which has been the talk of the neighborhood.

“I’ve never seen a reindeer like this!” exclaimed Spencerville resident Jaxson.

“This completely blew me away. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. This was the most incredible thing I’ve ever seen “Gwen and Mason was driving from Chesterville when they said this.

“‘Wow, that’s huge,’ I thought. That big sleigh wasn’t here last year; I don’t believe. “Janice Phillips, also from Spencerville, added her two cents.

Coleman said he got the idea for the giant sleigh and reindeer from a TV show and started working on it in January.

“I sat down and figured out how I was going to build it, and I went a little bigger than I expected!” he exclaimed.

Coleman even invited Santa to make a few appearances throughout a few weekends.

“He said he’s flown over and seen all these lights so many times,” Coleman said, adding, “I asked him, and he said he’d come because he enjoys the lights so much.”

According to Coleman, around 1,000 people will stop to take pictures, listen to music, and ride in the sleigh on any given weekend.

Giant Rudolph display in eastern Ontario
Families and passers-by flock to a giant Rudolph in eastern Ontario. Image from ToysMatrix

“They run to the sleigh,” Coleman said, “which makes it all worthwhile.” “I see a lot of adults running up to the sleigh, wanting to get in and see Santa, and that means a lot!”

With multiple items he made from scratch, his light display spans the length of his property and even into his neighbor’s yard.

“I’ve constructed a three-car long train. I’ve built mega trees, a lot of miniature trees, a lot of reindeer and moose, and a variety of other animals, “he stated

Children are given hot chocolate and candy canes, and donation boxes support the CHEO Foundation and the Cancer Society.

Coleman said, “I want to thank everyone who comes out and donates some money to this.” “It’s a lot of work, but it’s always worth it because I enjoy seeing people and hearing all the nice things they say when they come to see it. When they come up to me and thank me for doing this, it means a lot to me.”

He laughs when asked about his electricity bill for December.

“Oh, no, it’s not so bad! You know, it goes up a little bit, but it is what it is. “He gave a warm smile.

Families have one more chance to see Santa on his sleigh before he returns to the North Pole on Saturday.

The reindeer and sleigh display will be up until January.

“When I turn it off, I usually get complaints, so people seem to like it,” Coleman joked.

Source: CTV News

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