South-end Halifax brothers go big with Christmas lights
The Giacomantonio brothers started the tradition more than 10 years ago to make their mother happy
Two south end Halifax doctors are continuing their tradition of going big with their Christmas light displays this year.
The doctors — who are also brothers — started the tradition 10 years ago to make their mother happy.
"My mother loved Christmas lights and I always told my father that some day, she would have the best lights," said Nick Giacomantonio, adding the family is originally from Whitney Pier.
"She never did. So we thought we would start to decorate for her and then all hell broke loose."
Nick Giacomantonio's home has a Charlie Brown theme — complete with a big screen on the lawn playing the A Charlie Brown Christmas.
His brother, Carman, has a more traditional Christmas display with the Christian manger scene and classic holiday tunes playing from a speaker.
The brothers live a few doors away from one another. Their displays become more elaborate ever year. The two insist they're not trying to outdo one another.
'There's no competition'
"We kibitz with each other about how many lights we have and how big it's getting. But there's no competition," said Carman Giacomantonio.
Even on the coldest and wettest nights, cars slow down along Connaught Avenue to catch a glimpse of the homes.
The McGregor family drove in from Upper Tantallon to check out the display.
"We usually go to different areas. This is our first year coming to this one. It's really cool," said Cassie McGregor, who saw the homes Tuesday night.
"I wish I had lights like this place and a lot of props. I'd have it all done up at my house," said Mark McGregor
The brothers use their display to help local food banks and shelters this time of year.
"Most of the donations I take to the Parker Street Food Bank and Nick is collecting for the Salvation Army," said Carman Giacomantonio.
The brothers plan to keep the lights on until Jan. 6.