PLAINVILLE – A Plainville resident kicked off the holiday month for over 100 people who came for the first weekend of his front yard Christmas light display.
“We had people come all the way from Bridgeport to see it,” said Joshua Brunelle. “Also Eagleville, Tolland, Ellington, Bolton and many more towns.”
The 20-year old started the display at his home at 15 Hillscrest Rd., five years ago in honor of his mom who died in 2011. This year he added animations to the light show along with Christmas music.
A donation box at the end of Brunelle’s driveway was filled during the debut weekend with nearly 200 non-perishable food items, 8 toys and $68 in monetary donations all to benefit the Plainville Community Food Pantry.
“I just love how he ties in the holiday spirit with a food collection,” said Scott Unnever, warehouse manager at the pantry. “It’s another great event for the pantry.”
Brunelle will be collecting donations all month for the pantry during the nightly shows of his display.
The display continues throughout the month, Sunday to Thursday 6 to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 6 to 10 p.m.
The lights will turn off for the season on Saturday, Jan. 6, at 10 p.m.
More information can be found on “Joshua's Christmas Display” Facebook page.