Bob the carpenter lights up Edmonton home with eccentric Christmas display
Have you been to Bob's? The fanciful light show has become a holiday tradition for Bob Fedina
Around the corner and down a quiet residential street in Edmonton's Queen Alexandra neighbourhood, there is something akin to a mirage — a home aglow with more than 150,000 individual Christmas lights.
The house is alive with lights and decorations: dancing candy canes, twirling nutcrackers, twinkling icicles and bobbing snowmen.
Fedina has been creating the winter wonderland for more than a decade, inviting crowds to wander by his luminescent lawn at 7421 108th St.
"It's kind of my hobby. I don't know, it's just a thing," Fedina said with a shake of his shaggy brown hair. "It's more about the adventure, and challenging myself to build."
'Filling in the dark spots'
Like many handyman projects before it, the display was inspired by a desire to impress.
"Me and the wife were still dating, so that's when I started putting up the lights, just to impress her," Fedina said with a chuckle.
"And then after when we had kids, when the kids were small, they enjoyed the lights to I started building displays for them ... and then it just kept on going from that, I just kept on adding, and filling in the dark spots."
Lights are draped from the snow-covered lawn to the treetops and spill over into the adjacent alley.
Whether it's flaming flamingos, a mechanical alligator or a blinking horse and carriage, every nook and cranny is beaming with stuff.
The front lawn has a field of glowing polar bears, a valley of angels and an oversized Olaf. To top it all off, Fedina brings in a crane every year to install a giant, waving, mechanical snowman on the roof.
"They hate Christmas, because I force them to do labour and they don't like that," Fedina said.
"If they just had to look at the lights it would be fine, but they don't like participating in putting up the show."
'Bedazzled with it all'
Fedina was reluctant to say exactly how much it costs to power the lights, but likens it to the price of feeding a family of 10 a full Christmas spread every day for a month.
The lights are on timers. Otherwise it would be nearly impossible for Bob or his neighbours to sleep in the glow, and so far, people in the area "aren't complaining."
He turned the lights on for the first time this season on Saturday and watched quietly as the crowds gathered outside.
"It's fun, it's actually really neat to watch the little kids because they get so excited looking at the lights and everything like that. They're just bedazzled with it all.