It’s that time of year when people are pulling out their holiday decorations, untangling strings of lights, and taking in the sweet aromas of cinnamon scented pinecones. The Halabuk family takes it all to another level – with nothing but pure joy for the spirit of the season. Their Christmas Home Lights project started small and grew very quickly. This year, after Natalie, daughter of the Halabuk’s left for her sophomore year at the Univ. of Redlands; they thought they may be able to tone down their display since she wouldn’t be around to assist with the decorating. Little did they know, Natalie is eager to come home for the holidays not just to see family and friends, but, to see the spectacle of her home all decked out again for its 20th year of holiday splendor.

“We have a neighborhood tradition now for 14 years where all the neighbors meet across the street from our house for a lighting party. Everyone brings a dish and drink to share; the kids decorate cookies, and then as the kids count down, all our lights come on with a flip of the main switch,” revealed Jeanette. The lighting party opens their display and runs the first week of December with lights on 5 – 9 p.m. through January 1st (with the exception of Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.)

This year, the family will be expanding their misfit island scene and bringing in some unlikely animals to their waterfall dressed for Christmas. Visitors are encouraged to view the detailed window display, discover the scene throughout the yard, and watch Santa dance when their three snow machines go off.

Per Natalie’s request, after working closely with National Charity League (NCL) in high school, she has added a collection box to this year’s spectacle. Visitors are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items that will, in turn, be donated to Interfaith, a charity affiliated with NCL.

The Halabuk’s had no clue that after 20 years their home would be a major destination for people seeking annual holiday magic. “Every year we have many families tell us about how their kids have grown up looking forward to visiting our ‘Christmas house’ during the holidays. That makes all the work worthwhile,” beamed Jeanette. The Halabuk home, located at 7607 Romeria St. Carlsbad, CA 92009, is sure to be a delight to people of all ages.