DIGBY,N.S. - For Al Dupuis, decorating for the festive season is like a work of art.
That’s why the Digby resident is so excited to share his love of decorating with the rest of his community through the Digby Christmas 2017 light decorating contest on Dec. 1.
“It’s a form of art,” he said.
“What it does is it brings people together.”
Dupuis, a teacher at Digby Regional High School, launched the Christmas event last year with great success as nearly 150 came out to participate and enjoy the evening. Dupuis organizes the event through a small committee of four people.
Dupuis said the lighting tour begins at his home on 193 2nd Avenue around 6 p.m. and continues throughout portions of the town until around 7:30 p.m.
“The street is blocked off. My home is the kick off to a house lighting contest. We’re trying to promote people decorating their homes.”
Dupuis said several activities will take place during the community event, including Christmas carolling and a performance from a local dance troupe. Apple cider, hot chocolate and baked goods will also be served.
Dupuis said he goes all out when it comes to Christmas lights decorations on his property. He said that getting the rest of the community on board makes for an interesting attraction, not only locally, but for visitors as well.
“This Christmas has kind of taken a life of its own where people come to Digby to see my lights,” he said.
“My show has kind of caught on so we decided to use it as a way to get people interested in coming together, spreading the Christmas spirit.”
Dupuis said several dignitaries are expected to participate in the event, including the town’s mayor Ben Cleveland.
Dupuis said he got the decorating bug many years ago while travelling through Northern New Brunswick as a musician. He saw a home all decked out with Christmas lights and thought to himself that was something he wanted to do.
“I saw this house…and I pulled my car over because I just couldn’t believe how well this house was decorated. That’s when it hit me – that someday I’m going to do this.”
Dupuis said he hopes his decorating spirit spreads to the rest of the community and continues for many years. He concluded that based on last year’s event, the community is on the right track.
“It was very popular last year so its popularity, in my opinion, is only going to continue to grow.”