Some might call it overdone, and they would be right. But that’s the point. The Jackson Family’s Christmas light numbering in the tens of thousands at 113 McCraney St. West Oakville is meant to draw attention and crowds. The reason? Well there’s the good old Christmas spirit part of it. And the Jackson Family is also raising money for two great causes.
Many may be familiar with Kerr Street Mission in Oakville, a local organization that provides housing, food, and other services to those in need. The Jackson family has set up a donation box so Christmas light spectators can donate food, toiletries and baby items. Over 2,000 pounds of items have been collected.
The second organization the Jackson family raises money for is the Kelly Shires Breast Cancer Foundation which helps those suffering with cancer by covering various costs such as prosthetics or expenses like rent.
The Jackson Family aims to raise $5,000 this year. You can donate at the house located at 113 McCraney St. West Oakville, Ontario or visit their website: https://www.jacksonlights.ca/
To understand the scale of this Christmas light project, think of the Griswald house from National Lampoon Christmas Vacation… and then think bigger and brighter. This year’s display features over 110,000 LED lights. Over one kilometre of extension cords is necessary to supply all those lights with power.
The Jackson family start setting up lights around thanksgiving with 30 or 40 friends. Setup ends up taking 300-400 hours!
Wondering when the lights are on? Here’s a schedule:
Sun - Thurs | 5pm - 10pm
Fri-Sat | 5pm - 12am
5pm Christmas Eve - Boxing Day