Christmas light display in Plainville collects items for local food pantry  

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In honor of his mother’s death in 2011, Plainville resident Joshua Brunelle started his massive Christmas light display in 2012. 

“She loved to decorate for Christmas,” Brunelle said. “... Each year it kind of just got bigger and bigger. We kept adding things.” 

Several years ago, Brunelle’s friend Edward James Sedwick-Cochran helped him set up Light-O-Rama, a software program that synchronizes lights to music. 

“The display moved to an animated show … you can tune in to (the music) on the radio,” Brunelle said. 

This year, Brunelle said he has added some new characters to the display on Hillcrest Road.  

“We added an angel outside of the big angel, some blow mold reindeer, Santa with the sleigh flying in the air,” Brunelle said. “We tried to move some things around and we got rid of some decorations to make some room for some new stuff.” 

Along with the new characters, Brunelle said this year’s display is more colorful.

“We added a lot more colorful decorations in there so there’s going to be a lot more color than last year,” Brunelle said. 

Brunelle starts preparing for the annual display in September and finishes at the end of November.

This year, the display opened on Dec. 4 and will close Dec. 26. Brunelle said he did not have an opening night for the light display due to COVID-19. Brunelle’s display takes place at 15 Hillcrest Road from 5 to 9 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 5 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

As in the past, Brunelle will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Plainville Community Food Pantry and letters for Santa.

Last year, Brunelle collected 1,290 pounds of food for the pantry.   

“We’re hoping that even with the pandemic to still get some donations so we can donate to the food pantry, help other people out,” Brunelle said. 

Susie Woerz, executive director of the Plainville Community Food Pantry, said the donations Brunelle collects have been a big help. 

“He actually brings in quite a few pounds and cash and checks,” Woerz said.

“We’re just really happy that he’s doing it for us because this is a busy time of year for us with Christmas and all that he’s doing is really incredible.” 


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