For free fun in December, you won’t want to miss seeing the colorful twinkling lights on Taffy Lane in Ottawa. Rue d’Orléans is famous for its elaborate decorations that will put you in the holiday spirit.
One of the neighborhood’s most epic sites is owned by the Abercrombie family. Peter Abercrombie told Narcity, “Over the years our neighbors at Taffy Lane have enjoyed the decorations so much that they have started adding their own holiday designs to their own homes. And the rest is history!”
Editors Choice: Parts of Ontario will be hit with 20cm of snow and cold weather this week
How long have you been doing this?
In 1977, their decorations began with lights hanging around their spruce. But the big shows began in 1981 when Peter created six-foot-tall toy soldiers for his home that look directly like Nutcracker.
But it didn’t stop there; over the years they have added many colossal figures that are sure to put a smile on your face. In their front yard, everywhere is covered in holiday cheer. You can spot a 10ft tall Frosty the Snowman, the grinch and his dog Max, several Disney characters and reindeer flying in the sky.
Decorating the house begins after Remembrance Day and requires the help of several people to get everything out of storage and to set it up.
How many lights do you use?
Each year, the illuminations of the house become more spectacular by hanging 2000 to 3000 additional lights. This holiday season, you can see over 13,000 LED lights glowing in a variety of colors.
The stunning display even has animated sections. Some areas change color, while others move or sparkle to create a fantastic show.
Before switching to LED bulbs, their electric bill was $360 a month, but now it’s down to $120.
When can we see the lights?
The lights shine from the beginning of December until the end of the month. This means you have plenty of time to see the free view.
The family tradition is to kick off the show at 5 p.m. on December 1 each year.
The famous street attracts large crowds of people eager to visit. Weekends are usually the busiest, so consider spending a weeknight if you’d rather not wait.
The best way to get to Taffy Lane is in your vehicle as you can stay warm seeing the decorated houses. It is also possible to visit on foot, but be sure to dress warmly.