Neighbors’ Petition Takes Aim at Connecticut Family’s Popular, Elaborate Christmas Lights Display

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A longtime Christmas lights display at a Connecticut home has neighbors running out of patience this year.

The "Wonderland at Roseville" display brings more than 30,000 visitors to a neighborhood in Fairfield during the holiday season, causing parking problems. So, 45 residents of Sawyer Road, which connects to Roseville Terrace, have signed a petition, according to KTLA sister station WTIC in Hartford.

"They are requesting some sort of action from the town to minimize the impact to the community," said Lt. Robert Kalamaras of the Fairfield police.

Police have posted signage permitting parking on only one side of the street during evenings through the holidays.

"We are going to increase patrols," said Kalamaras. "We have the traffic unit that will go out there and assist with traffic on the high-volume days."

The Halliwell family, who built the display to over 350,000 lights over 18 years, is also working to appease the neighbors.

"We've cut back on our hours and we've also lowered the voltage of the lights so they will not be as bright, with also lower the music," Mary Halliwell said.

The Halliwells are hurt that the neighbors didn't come to them before sending a petition.

"Why don't we all put up lights? Let's really make it a neighborhood to really bring the people around," said Gene Halliwell.

Those signing the petition declined to speak with WTIC. But not everyone in the neighborhood is upset over the seasonal attraction.

"I love it," said Jim Smith, a Roseville Terrace resident who has helped the Halliwells break down the display. "With all the kids coming and the people coming, it doesn't bother me."

The Halliwells don't charge admission but donations over the nearly two decades have totaled in the tens of thousands. All the money goes to the Shriners Children's Hospital in Springfield, WTIC reported.