After finishing our Christmas Eve Dinner we went to visit our local North Pole.
In the hearts and minds of youngsters across Norwalk, the Midwood Road home of Joan and Rick Setti is an elaborate winter wonderland and popular holiday destination.
With 110,000 hanging lights and 641 characters on display, the attraction draws thousands of people from around the world each holiday season, many of them repeat visitors.
The Setti Christmas Village has been illuminating 6 Midwood Road for 25 years and each year the display is a little different.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney characters, Looney Tunes, Harry Potter, Dora the Explorer, Barney, SpongeBob Squarepants and Scooby Doo are just some of the returning favorites. A “Precious Moments” collection and a huge lighted wire reindeer assortment adorn the area by the street.
The lights go on at 5 every night until around 11, except on Christmas Eve, when he leaves the lights on all night for those who want to catch the display after midnight mass.
On Christmas Eve, the Setti’s dress up as Santa and Mrs. Claus to greet visitors, pass out candy canes and listen to the Christmas wishes of hundreds of children.
Mr. Setti said it takes him from August until October just to hang the lights every year, and without the help of many friends and neighbors who help him plan the display he could never do it alone.
They don’t ask for anything. Sure, there is a small “tip” jar out there because heck, that’s got to be a monster electric bill, right?!
Even more than the lights, there is a mailbox for children’s letters to Santa that Mr. Setti surely gets to the North Pole in time, and a guestbook to sign your name or write a cute little note.
This year we found Settis’ new displays, a tribute to Sandy Hook. Although the Settis are celebrating 25 years, he wanted to put up a tribute to 26 Angels of Sandy Hook.
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. This year, the year 2013, marks the 25th anniversary of the “house with all the lights.” This year is a warning because next year, the year 2014, is it. No more lights.
While I am sure the people of Norwalk and beyond are sad, Rick & Joan deserve a huge “thank you” for 25 years, and if you’ve never been, you must.
We came early night, so it took us around 3o minutes to wait for Santa Claus.
Sophia was super excited, asked for her present, and after we left the village, it started snowing, so it was definitely the magic Christmas Eve.
After getting home and putting Sophia to bed, we got all the presents ready for the next morning:
It was impossible to put the presents under the tree before Christmas night this year. Sophia has tons of questions now, and to make her believe in Santa Clause we waited to the last minute.