Grab some hot chocolate, pack the kids in the car, turn the Christmas tunes up loud and take a tour around Stittsville to check out the lights. Here are some suggestions for great displays in our area.
Do you have a neighbour with an epic Christmas light display? Tell us about it or snap a pic and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can share it with our readers!
Recently my office received an inquiry regarding the brightness of the street lights along the new Robert Grant Avenue. The street is designated as an Arterial Main Street. This is one of the highest roadway designations within the city. In accordance with the city Right of Way Policy, it was designed to an average of 17 lux.
As the adjacent lands are undeveloped and the whiteness of Winter enhances the appearance of the roadway lighting. LED’s used in this design are more efficient, direct more light on the roadway with greater uniformity, with less spill light, and consume less energy than if a conventional source lamp. If used, the conventional lamp source, would also been a “white light” source.
Due to the lighting criteria for this roadway the source of light cannot be diminished. To do so would place the city in position of liability.
You really cannot miss these two houses on Bell Street, just east of Elm. They are right across the street from each other and they must be the most intensely-lit homes in all of Stittsville. You really need to visit for the full visual effect, especially the Christmas tree. All photos by Barry Gray.
If you’re looking for great Christmas lights, take a drive through Crossing Bridge and West Ridge, and hone in on Renshaw Avenue. There are lots of homes on this street with big Christmas light displays.
The house pictured above is the most tasteful and classy Christmas light display in our community, hands down. And the house below is covered from lawn to roof with lights and decor. All photos by Barry Gray.
The other night we did a drive around Stittsville to check out the lights and decorations. The Crossing Bridge / West Ridge area appears to have the highest LED count per household of all the neighbourhoods.
One of the brightest streets is Belton Avenue off Hobin Street. These pics (above and below) are from photographer Barry Gray.
(Above: Christmas lights on Renshaw Avenue, 2014. Photo by Barry Gray.)
Have you noticed the Christmas stars along Stittsville Main Street? They’re looking a lot brighter this year thanks to the Stittsville Lions Club and a donation from Minto.
Minto kicked in about $1,300 that helped pay for new garland and new lights for the 17 stars that adorn the lamp posts along Main. It’s been at least 15 years since they first were put up and this is the first time they’ve been refurbished. Continue reading →
From our neighbours over in Glen Cairn, on the other side of Terry Fox Drive:
Bring the entire family on Thursday, November 26 at 6pm and help us light up the sky. Enjoy some snacks and hot chocolate. Courtesy of our good friends at Christmas Décor. The Glen Cairn Community Association are fortunate to have community minded business people like Thom Bourn who is once again generously donating thousands of Christmas lights and manpower at the Glen Cairn Tennis Courts on Castlefrank Road.We are encouraging all visitors to visit the Caring is Sharing website.
These pics are from the home of Jhoanna and Nick Prinzo at Sunnyside (near Fernbank). (They also had a pretty amazing Halloween display that we highlighed back in October.) Drive by and have a look – it’s even more impressive in person!
Jennifer and Sheldon live at the corner of Montserrat and Par-La-Ville north of Maple Grove Road, and for the past three years they’ve been putting up an elaborate sound and light show that covers just about the entire south and west sides of their house.
“We use the software and controllers from light-o-rama in the States. I had always been fascinated by the huge displays in the states and researched how to do them ourselves,” says Jennifer.
“We have 32 channels this year, not sure how many lights though, we’ve lost count. The song sequencing is the hardest part of the whole display, sometimes we will spend hours just for a couple of seconds of song.”
Jennifer says their hydro bill doesn’t go up too much because the display in comprised mostly of LEDs. “Last year we only saw an increase of about $25/mth.”
The lights are on Monday-Thursday from 5:30pm-10:00pm and Friday-Sunday from 5:00pm-11:00pm.
“We love seeing all the neighbours come by,” she says.