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A Burnaby home known for its extraordinary annual Christmas light displays has reopened after being shut down in late December.
Every year, the DuPlessis family puts together a stunning display of holiday lights at 8222 Burnlake Drive. The mega display is synchronized with music and runs 12-minute shows daily between 4:30 pm and 12 am. The family also collects donations for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
This year, however, the display was shut down on December 26, 2020, due to a COVID-19 bylaw complaint.
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“We had become so popular that at times crowds were forming on the street in front of our display,” Joel DuPlessis tells Daily Hive in an email.
But after an almost two-week long closure, DuPlessis says that the City of Burnaby has given them permission to turn the lights back on. He adds that the effort involved multiple phone calls and emails to City of Burnaby bylaw, the Fraser Health Authority, the Provincial Health Officer, RCMP, and local politicians.
“Over and above our initial changes to accommodate COVID-19 concerns, we have now added numerous signs to encourage social distancing and the wearing of masks,” DuPlessis explains. “So everyone that comes can stay safe and enjoy our Christmas light display.”
DuPlessis adds that since the display underwent a two-week closure, they’ll be extending it until the end of January.