At the end of Glen Avenue, Carol Bonner’s home is in the construction phase of preparing for the . Her garage contains unpacked boxes of decorations, and a giant wreath leans on the side of the house.
Bonner, who is San Bruno’s city clerk, still has to time to deck out her home. The neighborhood waits to light up their homes until Santa Claus comes up the hill on a fire truck on the second Sunday of December.
“As soon as you hear the fire truck siren at the bottom of the hill, you turn your lights on,” she said.
Mayor Jim Ruane, who will be dressed as Santa, will be joined by Mrs. Claus and hand out candy canes to the children in front of Bonner’s home.
For more than 15 years, the neighborhood has put on the Christmas light show, which starts at 6 p.m. on Sunday.
“We have a little boy over here that is 7 that can’t wait for it,” Bonner said. “I have a grandson that’s going to love it.”
Each participating home has a snowman with their family name. Front yards are transformed into dazzling Christmas scenes, and lights aglow from rooftops.
Bonner’s front yard will be painted white and feature a giant snowman. “It’s really pretty when it’s all done,” she said.
The inside of Bonner’s home is also a spectacle: she has six Christmas trees. Many of her neighbors host holiday parties for the occasion.
“Today is the construction stage and when you come Sunday you will be shocked,” she said.