It is our third Christmas in Nova Scotia. A friend told us about Giacomantonio brothers Christmas lights in 2016 so him and his wife took us there in December 2016. It was a sight to behold.
I understand that Carman Giacomantonio and Nick Giacomantonio (both brothers) started their tradition of big Christmas displays about 13 years ago to make their mother happy.
The two Halifax doctors continued their tradition of going big with their Christmas light displays this year, we visited last night and it was a beautiful experience.
According to an interview by CBC News, the brothers had the below to say:
“My mother loved Christmas lights and I always told my father that some day, she would have the best lights,” said Nick Giacomantonio, adding the family is originally from Whitney Pier.
“She never did. So we thought we would start to decorate for her and then all hell broke loose.”
Nick Giacomantonio in front of his house
Nick Giacomantonio’s home has a Charlie Brown theme — complete with a big screen on the lawn playing the A Charlie Brown Christmas.
His brother, Carman, has a more traditional Christmas display with the Christian manger scene and classic holiday tunes playing from a speaker.
The brothers live a few doors away from one another. Their displays become more elaborate ever year. The two insist they’re not trying to outdo one another.”
‘There’s no competition’
“We kibitz with each other about how many lights we have and how big it’s getting. But there’s no competition,” said Carman Giacomantonio.
Even on the coldest and wettest nights, cars slow down along Connaught Avenue to catch a glimpse of the homes.
The brothers use their display to help local food banks and shelters this time of year.
“Most of the donations I take to the Parker Street Food Bank and Nick is collecting for the Salvation Army,” said Carman Giacomantonio.
We’ll be sharing some videos on our Instagram page: @LifeInNovaScotia
If you live in Halifax or would be visiting Halifax this Christmas season or by the first week in January, we encourage you to visit so as to experience the beautiful light decorations, especially in he night. Both houses are on Connaught avenue, towards the end of Jubilee junction in Halifax.
More importantly, we also implore you to take some food donations (no matter how little) there as well if you can, both brothers collect items for the Parker Street food bank and The Salvation Army. However, donations is not compulsory