If you haven’t seen the House on Robindale in person, you’ve likely seen videos of the vibrant holiday spectacle circulating on social media. Every year, V Theater comedian and hypnotist Marc Savard decks his 1420 E. Robindale Road residence out with thousands of lights, syncing them to a curated list of songs (Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” and Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito,” for example) that play every evening through New Year’s Eve.
Savard launched his holiday display in 2010, because he missed the big holiday celebrations of his native Canada, he says. “When we moved here, Christmas was, ‘See Santa at the mall.’ So we thought we’d do something to make it more fun for our children.” That, and “I’m clinically insane,” he laughs.
To create the custom display, a music designer breaks down the songs, and Savard engineers all the lighting effects—which takes hours to program. And while it started out as something for his family, Savard sounds thrilled that people throughout the community look forward to it every year. “It really extended the whole holiday” he says. “Now it’s become a tradition.”