Fairfield Holiday Light Tour and Light Up competition raises money for charity

Organizers say this year’s tour raises money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for the Charlie Capalbo Memorial fund.

Nicole Alarcon Soares and Justin DeVellis

Dec 20, 2023, 1:04 AM

Updated 156 days ago

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The Town of Fairfield is putting a charitable spin to the Holiday Light Tour and Light Up competition for this holiday season.
Organizers say this year's tour raises money that will go toward the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for the Charlie Capalbo Memorial Fund.
Homeowners in Fairfield join in on the fun by competing on Christmas and lighting decorations.
Fairfield resident Jeff Pressler is one of the homeowners participating in the annual contest.
"They drive by up until about 9 p.m. and they stop, and they gaze, and they look and once in a while I'll be out in the yard, and you get to chit chat with the community. It's really nice," said Pressler.
Over a dozen houses are on this year's route, which includes stops at Hemlock Road, May Street and others.
Lt. Bob Smith, of the Fairfield Fire Department, says he hopes the tour continues getting bigger each year.
"Charlie was a huge friend of ours, we're friends of his family, and we want to carry on his memory by donating some money to the people who took care of him up at Dana Farber," said Smith.
The tradition started during the COVID-19 pandemic to get people out of the house and spread Christmas cheer.
"It's cathartic for our people because we're seeing people at their best, we're seeing people happy for a change and we're spreading a little holiday cheer," said Smith.
The Fairfield Holiday Light Tour is now in its fourth year.
Fairfield residents can click here for more information on the Light Up contest.


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