Christmas light display at P.E.I. fishermans home draws parade of traffic

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NORTH RUSTICO, P.E.I. - To see the line of vehicles parading past the home of James Gallant this time of year, you'd swear the man is more popular than Santa.
The rubberneckers have all come to see the array of Christmas lights decorating the North Rustico, P.E.I., fisherman's Allen Street residence.
Gallant began the dazzling display 20 years ago as a tribute to his 16-year-old son, Ryan, who died in a motor-vehicle accident in 1988.
Gallant estimates more than 20,000 individual bulbs make up the display - which stands out like an airport runway - on a narrow one-way street in the community.
This year it took him about two months to string all the lights and set up the displays.
For the past five years, passers-by have also been able to donate to the Children's Wish Foundation when they come to see the lights.
Gallant said the family has raised more than $16,000 over those five years, including almost $1,500 so far this Christmas.

Organizations: Wish Foundation

Geographic location: RUSTICO, North Rustico, Allen Street

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