PLAINVILLE – The holiday season is extra special for one resident who has been planning his front yard Christmas display since September.
“It’s more animated this year,” said Joshua Brunelle of 15 Hillscrest Road.
On Saturday, Brunelle turned on the elaborate synchronized light show, complete with Christmas music and animation.
The larger-than-life display, first created five years ago, is more than just a way to celebrate the holidays.
“We always used to decorate together,” Brunelle said about his late mother.
The 20-year old started the display to honor his mother, who died in 2011.
“She loved Christmas, it was a tradition,” he said.
The once small display has grown to cover the entire yard, including Santa’s Workshop, figurines of choir singers, inflatable characters and a wire Christmas tree taller than the house.
People who come by to enjoy the multi-media show are encouraged to drop off non-perishable food and toy donations in a box at the end of the driveway 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.”
More than 20,000 lights are used in the animated show, which is controlled by a digital program. Brunelle’s friend Edward Sedgwick-Cochran, a former Plainville resident, said the entire display consists of 64 total “channels.”
“You need to tell each thing when to turn on and off,” he said.
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.