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Aglow with the Christmas spirit: Brilliant displays of North Vancouver house light the way to charitable giving

It’s a house that lights up North Vancouver every holiday season – and its spirit of giving will light up your heart.

Every year since 2010, John Ribalkin and his wife Aurore Viau have decorated their home, near the base of Grouse Mountain, with a sparkling array of lights and Santa decorations. Now, for Chalet Lights 2017, they will again cover their roof, gardens, gutters, railings and driveway with thousands of lights, inflatable decorations and other Christmas-themed visual cheer.

As they do each year, John and Aurore invite visitors to drive or walk by their glistening celebration at 4967 Chalet Place. The couple doesn’t want applause or kudos – rather, in the spirit of this season of giving, they encourage viewers to show appreciation by contributing to charity.

The family’s dazzling annual display has so far raised $65,252.38 and 769 bags of groceries for local people in need. John, who’s a friend and business associate of Digitech owner Pierre Adjoury, hopes this inspiring total is just the beginning.

“Last year, the display raised $8,472.22 and 182 bags of groceries. This year, we hope to reach $25,000 for charity,” says John, an accredited mortgage professional (AMP) with Verico Nova Financial Services Inc.

North Vancouver’s now-famous Christmas lights display will have its brilliant launch on December 2 at 6:30 pm. After that, the display will brighten the North Shore from 5:30 pm-11 pm until January 1, 2018.

Aurore predicts you’ll be able to see the star crowning the display from as far away as Stanley Park and downtown Vancouver. “The star hangs 96 feet above our roof peak on ropes attached to trees, with no nails used. Every line on the star is 20-feet long,” she says.

“We have been told the star is viewable from Coal Harbour already and that the entire house can be seen by landing planes!”

Here are directions to Chalet of Lights – and to letting the spirit of giving shine:

  • Take the Westview Drive exit off Highway 1 westbound
  • Head north up Westview Drive, which becomes Delbrook Ave.
  • Turn left on Montroyal Blvd.
  • Turn right onto Skyline Drive
  • Skyline Drive becomes Chalet Place
  • Take the last right
  • Put on sunglasses in preparation, because…
  • You’ve arrived at Chalet Lights, 4967 Chalet Place!

To find out more, including the chance to donate online, visit the Chalet Lights website. And be sure to drop by the Facebook page, as well.

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