New Brunswick

Lincoln light show dedicated to 4-year-old MaCali Cormier

Dany and Catherine Falle put on a light show every year in front of their Lincoln home to raise money for the Make-a-Wish foundation.

Light show begins with the late MaCali's favourite Christmas song, 'Jingle Bells'

Catherine and Dany Falle decided to dedicate their light display to MaCali Cormier, a four-year-old girl who died at the Yarmouth Santa Claus Parade. (Mike Heenan/CBC)

When Dany and Catherine Falle heard of the death of four-year-old MaCali Cormier of Yarmouth, N.S., they were moved to remember her with their light show in Lincoln this year.

The Falles put on a light show in front of their house every holiday season, with lights synchronized to music.

This year, the show starts with a voice dedicating the show to MaCali Cormier, a young girl who died after falling underneath a float at the Yarmouth Santa Claus Parade.

The front of the house is lit up purple, Cormier's favourite colour and the sequence starts with her favourite Christmas song, "Jingle Bells."

Dany and Catherine Falle put on a light show every year in front of their Lincoln home to raise money for the Make-a-Wish foundation. 1:02

 "It's just the little that we can do," Dany Falle said. "I know it won't replace her, but she's not forgotten."

The Falles have received dozens of messages from people in Yarmouth thanking them for their tribute, including Cormier's family.

MaCali's family says the girl loved horse riding, dancing and swimming. (Facebook)

"Something like that just breaks your heart," said Catherine Falle. "That was supposed to be a Christmas memory, something you'd be talking about when she's older."

The couple are still collecting money for Make-a-Wish, too, something they've done every year since 2011. But this year they say it's the last year for the fundraising.

"It's not because we don't like raising money, but because we haven't gone anywhere since 2011 because we are tied to the donation box every night," Dany Falle said.

The couple have raised $80,000 for the foundation over the years. Dany said he hopes to reach $20,000 this year, to bring the total to $100,000.

While the Falles won't be collecting for Make-a-Wish next year, Dany said he's open to the idea of other charities benefiting from his light show, which he says will still carry on.

Falle incorporated the colour purple into his display because it was MaCali's favourite colour. (Angela Bosse/CBC)

He suggested organizations such as the food bank could send volunteers to collect donations outside the display each night. The lights are on a timer and run on their own after Falle programs them.

He has always loved tinkering with electronics and taught himself everything he needed to create his over-the-top light show.

He started doing the display in 2007 to commemorate his father, who died that year.

"My dad always loved Christmas and he always made sure that we had the best. We never had  a lot of money but he always made sure we had food, heat, electricity."

This year's show has 35,000 individual light bulbs, toned down from last year's 67,000. (Angela Bosse/CBC)

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Angela Bosse


Angela Bosse is a reporter with CBC New Brunswick.