Bruce and Cindy Malfait went above and beyond for their home’s holiday lights this year, cinching them the first place in Harrison Hot Springs’ “Light Up” contest this year.
“He had an outstanding house lit up on Driftwood (Avenue),” mayor Leo Facio said during council Monday (Jan. 7), when he presented Bruce Malfait with the plaque.
By early January, Malfait had already started taking down his holiday lights, but was able to send the Agassiz Harrison Observer a video of what they looked like at their peak.
The contest was started in conjunction with the Lights on the Lake display, which saw Tourism Harrison put out a number of well-lit displays along the walkway around the lagoon.
“It’s brightened up the place and got businesses operating when normally they would be very quiet this time of year,” Facio said.
The lights extended outside Tourism Harrison’s domain, to commercial buildings and private residences.
“It was the most I’ve ever seen in all the years I’ve been here,” Facio said. “It was a fantastic display, and it was probably difficult for the judges to find the two winners.”
Old Settler Pub won for the commercial businesses, for their light display on Hot Springs Road.
“They did an outstanding job with their lights this year,” Facio said.