Residents living on Robert-Pilon Street in the Gatineau neighbourhood of Aylmer need only look to the home of Bernier and his partner Mindy Do to remind themselves that the holiday season is fast approaching.
The display, featuring 30,000 lights that line the trees and roof, garage and windows of the two-storey home — all synchronized to six different songs — has been the talk of the neighbourhood since it went live.
Bernier says he got his inspiration from seeing YouTube videos from homes in the United States.
Display required months of preparation
Setting up the display took four months to prepare, two months to install and required Do — a software engineer — to spend hundreds of hours of programming.
"Very frustrating. Why do we do this? You know, you wonder. 'Why? Why? Why?'"
The couple says dozens of people stop by every night to take it all in.
"People dance here. They are having fun. That's the part that I like. That's why I did it mainly," said Bernier.
As for the potential extra cost to his monthly hydro bill, Bernier says it likely won't be more than $100 to $150 for the month.
The couple says they don't plan on taking the display down until Jan. 2.- ON MOBILE? Vote in our online poll: How would you like to have an extravagant Christmas lights display next door?