With social distancing measures currently in place, sadly the annual Weston Christmas Light Display, which has become a festive highlight for families across the local community, will not be able to go ahead in its usual format this December.
However, organiser and founder, Graham Witter is well aware that cancelling the light display completely would be a huge disappointment to so many – last year’s display was seen by more than 20,000 visitors.
So this year, Graham is presenting the Weston Christmas Light Display ‘Starlit Garden’, which will be a completely safe, drive-thru event.
Graham explained, “It’s been a pretty tough year for everyone, so we wanted to be able to still bring happiness, love, and cheer to our community this Christmas. But with social distance measures in place, we’ve had to think really carefully about the best way to keep our visitors safe. By holding a drive-thru event, it means that people can still enjoy the lights and decorations, but from the safety of their own car.
“There will still be all the things that people love about the Weston Christmas Light Display, including our animated display, with thousands of twinkling lights and decorations. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a #festiveicecream and Santa will still be here, but this year he’ll be doing a special “Santa Wave” ever Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening.
“I’m also very excited to announce that we’re also launching a brand new #NameAStar initiative, where the local community can remember a loved one or celebrate a local hero this Christmas. Our 20ft Starlit Christmas tree will be surrounded by 150 hand-made, metal stars, each containing the name of someone special.”
The ‘Starlit Garden’ will be a vehicle drive-thru event between 1st – 28th December and Graham will once again be raising money for The Donna Louise Hospice. This is the eighth year that Graham has organised the display, in memory of his sister, Jessica, who had a great fascination for colour, light and sound and received respite care at The Donna Louise.
Over the last seven years, he has raised a breath-taking £124,850 for the families, like his, who rely on The Donna Louise for a range of care, support and respite services.
Simon fuller, Chief Executive of The Donna Louise Hospice, said, “Graham’s support for the Hospice is truly outstanding. This has been a really tough year for everyone and it would have been understandable for Graham to cancel the event completely. But his commitment to putting on a magical event which everyone can enjoy, in a safe way, while raising money for a cause so close to his heart, is inspiring.”
The Weston Light Display will shine bright between 1st – 28th December (6.15pm-9pm) at Carters Green Farm, Jack Lane, Weston.