Ed Kaminski is well known in his South Chicago Heights neighborhood. His home is called the "Christmas House" and he is sometimes referred to as Clark Griswold from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation movie.
Showcasing his front and back yard are more than 24,000 lights, 125 lighted candy canes and 25 Holiday figures. Ed started decorating at ten years old when he used his earnings from delivering papers and shoveling snow to buy a strand of lights to decorate his family's home. For the past 35 years he has been creating and sharing his spectacular light display at his home at 3332 Lynwood Drive, South Chicago Heights.
Ed starts constructing his light show in October with help from his youngest son, Joe. His grandchildren are never at a loss for what buy "Papa" for Christmas.
Ed's Holiday story-telling decor has earned him an award from the Village of South Chicago Heights and a photo feature in the award winning guide "The Best Christmas Decorations in Chicagoland" by Mary Edsey. "The Joy of Giving is an important part of the holiday season. And not just to friends and family. Especially in these difficult times it is important to reach out and help those who may not have enough" according to Ed.
Here's a way you can give back this holiday season ...December 1st - December 9th, from 4pm - 10pm, Ed and his helpers will be collecting non-perishable food items and monitary gifts for Alicia's House, a non-for profit food pantry serving South Chicago Heights, Steger, Crete, Monee, Beecher and University Park.
Holiday House display
Food Collection for Alicia's House
3332 Lynwood Dr.
South Chicago Heights
Now - Friday