McGregor asks for help rekindling the Christmas display

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A popular Christmas light show moves from Charleston to the Smiths Falls area, but has to take a year off and get help.

Visiting the McGregor Christmas Lights Exhibit in Charleston Village has been a tradition for many years, but this winter the exhibit will not light up.

Since the McGregors have packed their bags and moved to the Smiths Falls area, the show will not continue as they need to prepare their property.

There’s a lot to be done to get the Christmas display up and running for the 2022 season, so Laura McGregor recently asked the public for help through a GoFundMe page. She said the funds will help offset the cost of electrical upgrades, new display items and staging.

“Please help us keep doing what we love and bring some Christmas magic to our community,” McGregor said in the GoFundMe campaign.

While they will work to get everything ready for the display to be up and running, hopefully by next year, she said the funds would help her move faster and get back to what ‘it was, because it’s just her, her husband, and occasionally her daughter who create the display.

According to McGregor, they have their hands full between building their new home and preparing the property to bring back the exhibit, as well as unpacking the lights, decorations and the miniature Christmas village, most of which are in one unit. storage at the moment. .

She said the new property is bigger than the one in Athens so it’s more work as they hope to enlarge the display. According to the McGregor Christmas Display Facebook, the family have plans and ideas for the property, but that will be a work in progress for a while.

“I had a lot of people who said they missed him and were sad that there was nothing going up,” McGregor said.

They hope the future screen will be “bigger and better than ever,” McGregor said on the GoFundMe campaign.

Last year’s Christmas exhibit was about a third the size it was in the past and was not open to the public to walk around as usual. The display could only be considered a drive-by due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Typically, the Christmas exhibit would run from mid-November to the end of December and would run every evening from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., but this year not even a small display of decorations will take place.

The display was first created about nine years ago on a smaller scale. Finally, the exhibit was opened to incorporate a walking trail, lights, music, and animatronic and explosive decorations, with donations being accepted on behalf of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) at instead of an entrance fee.

Over the years, from home in Charleston, the McGregor Christmas Light Display has raised nearly $ 17,000 for the Children’s Hospital.

According to McGregor, in the past the family covered the costs of hot chocolate and electricity, but are hoping this year they can get community help because they don’t benefit from the exhibit.

The GoFundMe can be found at; Fundraiser by Laura McGregor: McGregor’s Christmas Display Reboot (gofundme.com).

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