• The Christmas House that has become a tradition in Montreal, unfortunately, will not be put on this year. 
  • Sami Hajjar, the man behind the magical holiday display, told Narcity Québec why he was unable to make it happen for 2019.
  • Find out other things you can do during this holiday season below!

The holiday season is often the time of tradition. Whether it's with your family or friends, we all have our little traditions at Christmas that have turned into classics during this season. In Montreal, a new local Christmas tradition has taken root in the past few years. The 250,000-light holiday display at a house in the borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville has attracted hundreds since its inaugural year. However, Narcity Quebec has learnt exclusively that visitors will have to wait until 2020 to see this show again, as the Montreal Christmas house display won't be happening this year.

Montrealer Sami Hajjar started this project four years ago when he turned his huge house into a castle of lights with a new theme each year.

In the first year, Hajjar's house lit up the neighbourhood with thousands of lights and inflatable installations, which all followed a Minions theme.

The following year, the theme was "the snow queen," and last year the theme was "dreamland," which recreated the world of Mickie and Minnie Mouse. That display included 250,000 lights and many passages that took visitors through the universes of Star Wars, and The Grinch and Snoopy, among others.

Just as anticipation grew for the unveiling of the 2019-2020 theme, however, Hajjar told Narcity Québec that he was unfortunately not going to decorate his house in this manner in 2019.

"Unfortunately this year, I won't be able to do my display. I am working on another project for next year. This won't be my house anymore. I hate to have to skip a year, but with all the preparation I have to do, I have no choice," Hajjar said.

We don't have any more detail on what Sami Hajjar has in store for us in 2020, but we know we can expect something even more amazing than in previous years.

To console yourself about this bad news and keep yourself in the Christmas spirit, you can always attend the arrival of Canada's Holiday Train, which will be passing through Montreal in November, or you can go to one of the many Christmas markets happening in the province!

Stay tuned.


This article was originally published in French on Narcity Québec.

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