Somerset Christmas display lights up lives and also gives back
Nikki and Jay Hill are once again showing their Christmas spirit while helping the community this season.
The Hills Spectacular Christmas Light Display has a fantastic light show every year in Somerset that dances to the music. According to Nikki, the display includes around 60,000 lights, a 20-foot tall pole of stars that glow white and blue, a Mega Tree on top of the garage with a star that is over 8 feet above the tree, Santa playing basketball and so much more.
“This is a great display to get you in the holiday spirit with a walk-thru area where people can get out and take pictures (we just ask that people take precautions and wear their masks), a mailbox for letters to Santa where you can get a candy cane and those good girls and boys who mail a note with a return address, will receive a letter back from the North Pole!”
The Hill family spends all year thinking of ideas for the display and began hanging lights in early October.
“We purchase new decorations throughout the year to add to our display and even if we come across ones we like during our hours of operation, we add them in! The lights begin November 29th until New Year’s Day from 5 to 10:15 p.m. The show is about 1 hour and 15 minutes long and includes 21 songs which you can listen to by tuning your car radio to 91.7.”
Every year, the Hills pick at least one charity that they gather donations for at the display as a way to give back.
“This year, we are collecting non-perishable items for The Veterans Association of Bristol County again as well as monetary donations for the Crosby-Couto Basketball Fund, in support of the 2 young men who passed away in a car accident this past March in Berkley. We are also working on trying to set up another event (COVID safe) where Santa will be here to say hi to people and possibly take pictures with him. We will keep updating our Facebook page as we know more.”
Nikki knows that this has been a tough year so the family wanted to make the event special this year.
“It is especially important for us to decorate because 2020 has been a year full of uncertainty, but we want to take people’s minds off of everything and help them find their holiday spirit. Though the world is in such a scary, vulnerable, and unknown state, we want to bring a little bit of joy to brighten up people’s lives… if only for a moment.”
“We encourage people to get out, take pictures, and interact with our display. Just enter the archway on the right side of the yard near the driveway and you will see the mailbox for Santa letters, a donation box, and a tote for canned goods.”
The display is located on Patton Avenue in Somerset.