For almost 20 years, the Halliwell family of Fairfield, Connecticut have lit up their town with a special Christmas tradition.
Beginning the night after Thanksgiving, the Halliwell family home transforms into “Wonderland at Roseville,” a holiday display that attracts thousands of visitors each year. The Halliwells deck their halls with more than 300,000 lights, a model train, life-size Christmas figures and other decorations. They also play Christmas music to set the mood.
There’s a small fee to admire the sound and light show, and all the proceeds are donated to a local Shriners Hospital. It’s hard to imagine a more wholesome way to celebrate the holiday season, but Wonderland’s neighbors are saying “bah, humbug” to this year’s display.
A petition signed by 45 neighbors from 28 nearby households says that the wonderland display puts children and the elderly in danger. The Halliwell family’s neighbors complain that the surge of cars on their street around Christmas is a risk and a nuisance.
“During the time that Wonderland at Roseville operates, the constant noise, the flow of people walking in the streets and many walking across our lawns, and the litter left behind are all a serious nuisance to our residents,” the petition reads.
The Halliwells say they’re “not happy” about the complaint, and are telling their side of the story.