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Festive Kitimat homeowners have decked the halls with Christmas decorations for decades

05/14/2015 10:00 EDT | Updated 05/14/2016 05:59 EDT
Kitimat residents will have a little less Christmas cheer to celebrate this holiday season.

Real and Viola Levesque have become famous around the city for the intricate and festive Christmas displays they put up at their home.

But now the couple have decided to leave Kitimat and are bringing the decorations with them.

"We love it and we love Christmas. It started out for our kids but after they grew up and left we kept doing it," Viola told Radio West's Rebecca Zandbergen.

She says the tradition began over 30 years ago and brings both residents of Kitimat as well as outsiders out to drive by and admire the lights. It's also become an intergenerational event for the residents.

"When we moved here, my son was two and my daughter was six, and of course they had friends. Those friends have grown up and have kids of their own, and now they're coming by with their kids."

According to Viola, it's become an eagerly-anticipated event long before the holiday spirit rolls around.

"People will stop me in August and say 'when is your husband going to start working on the Christmas display?'"

The Levesques are moving south to Chase, B.C. to be closer to family. Viola admits that although it won't be the same, she wants to carry on the tradition over there.

"We're hoping the new owner of our place will want some so we can continue the spirit. We will really miss this community, people from Kitimat are terrific."

To listen to the full interview, click the audio labelled: Best Christmas display leaves Kitimat as couple bids farewell.


 

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