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Cruz Bay
Wednesday, November 29, 2023


And then there was light. So says the Bible.
On the crest of the first hill on Centerline Road heading east, there are lights, and more lights, and even more lights as the Cruz Bay home of Carmen Wesselhoft celebrates the holiday season with a spectacular display of outdoor Christmas lighting.
"It is a combination of straight strings, swag lights, and curtain lights," Wesselhoft said. "I've been doing it for 10 years and this year's display is dedicated to the memory of my brother Louis who recently passed away," she said.
According to Wesselhoft the placement of the lights takes about two weeks and the lights are turned on on Dec. 15, her mother's birthday. The lights will be on display until Jan. 7, Three Kings Day, which just happens to be Wesselhoft's birthday.
The lighting runs the gamut from the manger scene to Santa's visit and covers the entire two-story structure as well as the adjoining yard and frontage.
Asked how many lights are actually used, Wesselhoft said, 'It's a lot."
Most St. Johnians and visitors would concur. Not only is it the brightest but clearly the best display of Christmas lighting on the island.
"It is most impressive," one old time St. Johnian remarked.
"Even a blind man could see those lights," a taxi driver added.
Said Wesselhoft, "What I do is in the spirit of the season and it is my contribution to the community."

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