BYE BYE CHRISTMAS HOUSE
Maisie’s Magical Christmas House is a fixture of Edmonton at Christmas. People from all over the city come visit this wonderful display, located on the corner of 144 Ave and 97 St, but they will miss it this year. The Christmas House is shutting down because of city regulations concerned with safety.
Named after Dolynchuk’s mother, Maisie, the Christmas House helps bring in donations for Edmonton’s food bank as well. The Christmas House is an annual fundraiser that helps Edmonton’s less fortunate. Why is it shutting down?
The Christmas display has grown over the years, so much so that it was using city property. The owner of the home, Jerry Dolynchuk, received numerous complaints about the road right-of-way in the area and was asked to reduce the amount of decorations and follow a number of requirements in order to continue to use the city property for his Christmas House.
Dolynchuk usually begins preparing the Christmas display in August because it takes about three months to complete. Dolynchuk does this display for fun and he knows how much Edmontonians enjoy it. It’s not a business for him but the city treats it like it is. Every year the city wants Dolynchuk to pay a fee, they requested he take out a million-dollar liability insurance policy as well. The fun is now gone for Mr. Dolynchuk and unfortunately for Edmontonians.
If Dolynchuk fails to comply the city will charge him and unauthorized objects will be removed. Thanks a lot City of Edmonton.
Even though the Christmas House is not a business, Dolynchuk has spent time and money to bring us this display every year. He has put in almost a quarter million dollars over the years and the City of Edmonton’s restrictions are now making it too difficult to operate.