By Kathy Chouteau
A Holiday Light Display set to start illuminating the night this Saturday will transform North Richmond into the North Pole. Hosted by local nonprofit Richmond LAND, the seasonal display will be available for public viewing starting at 5:30 p.m. daily from Saturday, Dec. 19 through Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 611 Market Ave. in North Richmond.
As an added bonus, organizers will be giving away free 3-D holiday glasses that will take the Holiday Light Display experience next-level with snowmen, snowflakes, gingerbread images and more.
According to organizers, the holiday light display is inspired by the collective art activity, “What We Deserve,” and a poem by and for North Richmond residents titled “Love & Dignity” in an effort to “help spread some connection, joy, and holiday cheer in North Richmond in a safe and physically distant way.”
“Now more than ever our communities need to feel a sense of belonging and a source of pride. The Holiday Light Display will be an experience the entire neighborhood can enjoy,” organizers added.
The light display is taking place on one of the former Las Deltas public housing sites at a time when the Housing Authority is readying to sell them. “We want to reimagine these homes as places of community care and a source of joy,” stated organizers.
“If we can transform North Richmond into the North Pole, imagine what else we could do together to develop our community vision on these public lands?”