Home on Tuxedo Drive (Brandon Godfrey HDR photography)

Earlier this month, it was announced that the owners of one of Vancouver Island’s grandest and most popular Christmas displays would be ending the tradition of decking up their house.

For nearly three decades, Michelle and Neil Salmond (the owners of 4091 Tuxedo Drive) would start preparing their Christmas spectacle about a month before the big day.

In the past, they’ve seen anywhere from 15,000 to 25,000 people come from all over the Island to view their magnificent display.

2017 is the last year that these decorations will be seen on Tuxedo Drive, however, as the Salmonds have just sold all their festive decor to Merridale Cidery & Distillery in Cobble Hill.

Same grandeur – different location

The collection of over 100 pieces of Yuletide keepsakes (including a 1956 fire engine, huge inflatables like a snowman and a nutcracker more than 30 feet high, and life-sized reindeer carrying Santa’s sleigh) will be kept intact at their new home.

Merridale Cidery & Distillery may be further away than you’re used to, but it might be worth it to make a trip out there next year.

Not only will they have set up their newly acquired dazzling Christmas display, but they also sell out their annual Christmas at the Farm events.

Every Friday and Saturday evening in December leading up to the 25th, experience the magic of a fully transformed Christmas farm, as you stroll down the magically lit courtyard and enjoy in the food, entertainment, and holiday shopping opportunities.

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