North Vancouver Christmas Lights
Chalet Lights 2018
North Vancouver Christmas Lights Up: TBD
Last Lights: Jan 6, 2019 5:30pm – 11pm
Donations are easy! Donate online or leave food and money donations at the entry to the driveway.
- Take the Westview Drive exit off Hightway 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 for the Lights!
- Chalet Lights at 4967 Chalet Place.
The Ribalkin/Viau family are at it again – covering their roof, gardens, gutters, railings and driveway in thousands upon of lights, blow-up displays, Christmas decorations and holiday cheer.
From 2010 to 2017, this family display has raised $96,919.99 and 951 bags of groceries. But this total is hopefully just the beginning, said John Ribalkin, one of the owners of the house.
“Last year, the display raised $31,667.61 and 182 bags of groceries,” said John. “This year, we hope to reach $25,000 and 250 bags of groceries for charity.”
The family hopes that their beloved star will bring even more visitors, as their neighbours across the street last year cut back some trees, which will make the star viewable from Stanley Park and parts of downtown Vancouver.
“The star hangs 96 feet above our roof peak on ropes attached to trees, with no nails used,” said Aurore Viau, John’s wife and co-owner of the house. “Every line on the star is 20-feet long.”
“We have been told the star is viewable from Coal Harbour already and that the entire house can be seen by landing planes.”
The family gives 100% of all proceeds to charity. The overhead is covered by Aurore and John’s business, Verico Nova Financial Services Inc.
All three charities are returning this year – the Harvest Project, Shriners Care for Kids, and BC Epilepsy Society.
Harvest Project is local charity which helps people go forward with their lives.
“Epilepsy Society is one of the charities that hits very close to home for us,” said Ethan Ribalkin, John and Aurore’s son. “My sister Philana is epileptic and we almost lost her as a toddler.”
John is a Shriner, which is a reason for the third charity – Shriners Care for Kids. Shriners help transport children to hospitals.
Online donations can be made at http://chaletlightscharity.ca/.
The event is promoted on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/375007716288118/permalink/375007836288106/?notif_t=feedback_reaction_generic¬if_id=1511307306073145