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Let the lights and music begin

Suzanne Robert and her husband, Mark Dubrule, in their “Christmas Tree Forest,” made of unwanted artificial Christmas trees, just a small section of their Voila Musical Christmas Lights display at 4105 Pleasant Valley Rd. in Vernon. - photo submitted
Suzanne Robert and her husband, Mark Dubrule, in their “Christmas Tree Forest,” made of unwanted artificial Christmas trees, just a small section of their Voila Musical Christmas Lights display at 4105 Pleasant Valley Rd. in Vernon.
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Suzanne Robert said she’s always been known as the “crazy Christmas lady,” so she figured she might as well take it the extra step and live up to her reputation.

The owner of Voila Hair Studio and Spa has turned the entire front garden of her Vernon salon into a Christmas wonderland, and people are encouraged to stop by and enjoy the lights and music while at the same time supporting the Salvation Army Food Bank.

“I have always been crazy for Christmas and over the years we used to always go to the Gallos’ huge Christmas display in the BX,” said Robert. “It was part of our annual Christmas tradition to go there, so when they stopped it was a disappointment and I really wished someone would continue that tradition.

“I told my husband that we were in the perfect location and I really wanted to give back to the community and have the chance to put smiles on people’s faces.”

Now in its second year, the Voila Musical Christmas Lights display is set up in front of Robert’s salon at 4105 Pleasant Valley Rd. in Vernon and runs from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every night until Christmas, with extended hours until midnight on Dec. 24 and 25.

“This has been a growing project and we will continue to grow in the spirit of spreading joy over the holidays,” said Robert, who gives full credit to her husband, Mark Dubrule, for his hard work in getting the display set up.

The couple begins to plan and set up their display at Thanksgiving, spreading out the lights and determining how they want things to look.

“We have started a good collection of things and every year we try to increase everything and I keep teasing my husband that we should start in August so we can be in shorts and T-shirts.”

There are collection boxes set up for food donations, which will be given to the food bank.

“There is such a big need at this time of year and the thought of empty shelves is just so hard and food is such a big part of the holidays.”

People are encouraged to park in the salon’s parking lot or along the road, where there is plenty of parking, roll down their windows to listen to the music while enjoying the dancing lights, or get out of their vehicles and stroll around.

“Quite often we’ve been noticing that people tell us how wonderful the lights are, but we want to encourage people to stop and listen, as people don’t know that we have music as well.”

This year, an added feature to the display is what Robert calls the Christmas tree forest in the back yard.

The creation is a result of putting out the call to clients and friends to donate their unwanted artificial Christmas trees. The trees have been lit and placed under the summer pergola. When the salon is open, visitors are welcome to stroll up the path to peer over the garden gate, and view the “forest.”

The Voila lights will also be included in this year’s Vernon Regional Transit’s annual Christmas Light Tours, taking place Dec. 15, 16 and 17, and leaving at 7 p.m. from the Village Green Centre, near the Food Court. Tickets are $3 each and can be purchased from the Vernon Regional Transit office (4210-24th Ave., call 250-545-7221).

“We are very excited to be on the Vernon Transit tour this year,” said Robert.

 

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