Hamilton Mountain Christmas lights champ adds to display

WhatsOn Nov 18, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

Three-time Mountain News Christmas Lights Tour champ Phil Salvi has upped the ante again this year.

The Ward 7 resident has over 25,000 lights and several new features in this year’s display, including a 16-foot tree with over 4,000 lights.

“That was a backbreaking project,” Salvi says of the heavily reinforced mega tree.

He started working on it in May by digging out the four-foot hole to be filled with concrete for the base.

Salvi, who gets design help from wife Laura and grandchildren Claudia and Marissa, has been putting up a different display every Christmas since 1991.

 

In the last few years, the display has changed greatly.

Salvi, a retired business owner, started putting more effort in his display after having a tumour removed from his jaw in 2012. It’s only in the past year that he has been allowed to chew solid food.

To keep his mind off his health battle, he started keeping busy by designing new pieces, many of them from cast iron and various lights, for his display.

“That’s what kept me from going crazy,” says Salvi.

Among the other new items this year, he has created a “Happy New Year” lighted sign.

The lights were turned on at the Salvis’ Fusilier Drive home last Friday.

They will remain on nightly until the Epiphany on Jan. 4.

Hamilton Mountain Christmas lights champ adds to display

WhatsOn Nov 18, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

Three-time Mountain News Christmas Lights Tour champ Phil Salvi has upped the ante again this year.

The Ward 7 resident has over 25,000 lights and several new features in this year’s display, including a 16-foot tree with over 4,000 lights.

“That was a backbreaking project,” Salvi says of the heavily reinforced mega tree.

He started working on it in May by digging out the four-foot hole to be filled with concrete for the base.

Salvi, who gets design help from wife Laura and grandchildren Claudia and Marissa, has been putting up a different display every Christmas since 1991.

 

In the last few years, the display has changed greatly.

Salvi, a retired business owner, started putting more effort in his display after having a tumour removed from his jaw in 2012. It’s only in the past year that he has been allowed to chew solid food.

To keep his mind off his health battle, he started keeping busy by designing new pieces, many of them from cast iron and various lights, for his display.

“That’s what kept me from going crazy,” says Salvi.

Among the other new items this year, he has created a “Happy New Year” lighted sign.

The lights were turned on at the Salvis’ Fusilier Drive home last Friday.

They will remain on nightly until the Epiphany on Jan. 4.

Hamilton Mountain Christmas lights champ adds to display

WhatsOn Nov 18, 2014 Hamilton Mountain News

By Gord Bowes, News staff

Three-time Mountain News Christmas Lights Tour champ Phil Salvi has upped the ante again this year.

The Ward 7 resident has over 25,000 lights and several new features in this year’s display, including a 16-foot tree with over 4,000 lights.

“That was a backbreaking project,” Salvi says of the heavily reinforced mega tree.

He started working on it in May by digging out the four-foot hole to be filled with concrete for the base.

Salvi, who gets design help from wife Laura and grandchildren Claudia and Marissa, has been putting up a different display every Christmas since 1991.

 

In the last few years, the display has changed greatly.

Salvi, a retired business owner, started putting more effort in his display after having a tumour removed from his jaw in 2012. It’s only in the past year that he has been allowed to chew solid food.

To keep his mind off his health battle, he started keeping busy by designing new pieces, many of them from cast iron and various lights, for his display.

“That’s what kept me from going crazy,” says Salvi.

Among the other new items this year, he has created a “Happy New Year” lighted sign.

The lights were turned on at the Salvis’ Fusilier Drive home last Friday.

They will remain on nightly until the Epiphany on Jan. 4.