News Bulletin

40th Grand Opening: Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child

Friday December 1st at 6:30 p.m., weather permitting, the opening night procession will begin at Fordham Way and Hillcrest Ave.  The Procession will travel down Hillcrest Ave. to Deacon Dave’s Residence (The House of the Dove), for the opening ceremonies.

Is there a fee to enter the Christmas Display?

          Entry is FREE.  - We do reserve the right to refuse entry.

The Coin Toss money raised goes to Deacon Dave’s charity,

Santa’s Secret Service Ministry at St. Michael Church.  Money is used to purchase Christmas Gifts for those in Elderly Care Centers, Shut-Ins, Dominican Sisters Infirmary for elderly nuns, V.A. Home in Livermore.  One Dollar Donation Box is available for those that want to contribute, though NOT REQUIRED.  ENTRY TO THE DISPLAY IS FREE.

Hours for the Display:

Sunday thru Thursday: 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Friday & Saturday: 6:p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

We are sorry but public restrooms are NOT available.

The week after Christmas until New Year’s night

The display will close at 9 p.m.


Mayor of Livermore:

We are honored to have Mayor John Marchand will be on hand for the opening ceremonies on the Grand Opening Night.

Jeanie Haigh returns:

Jeanie Haigh will be coming from Florida to be the M.C. for the Opening Ceremonies.

Jeanie and David Haigh volunteered working on the Christmas Display for many years until they moved to Florida.  Jeanie wanted to also visit Deacon Dave’s Mom who turned 100 years old.

Deacon Dave’s first display was 1982. 

That would make this year the 41st year, HOWEVER, in 2020 due to Covid, the Deacon did not have a display.  The property was dark and dismal.  Since there was not a display in 2020, this is the 40th display.  We are celebrating 40 years of Christmas Displays.  In 1982 Deacon Dave and a Livermore High School student build the very first Christmas Display.  The display theme was “Elf Village”, a miniature village with buildings no more that 3 to 4 feet tall and a whopping 2000 Christmas Lights.  In those early years we used hammer and nails and hand saws.  No power tools.


Light Crew Tribute:

Ramiro and Ari Ortiz have led the light crew for many years.  Working with their dedicated team, They do and outstanding job in Light placement.  The team starts putting up the lights the end of September.  The lights are only placed in the trees and shrubs at night.  The same team takes down the lights and repairs damaged strands.  Deacon Dave praises the Light Team for the dedication and passion for light placement.

Last years Light Count: 

Deacon Dave is attempting to exceed last year’s light count of 785,800.

We will see if he and his Light Team can do it.

Volunteer’s wearing Red Caps with White Dove Emblem and or Red Jackets:

Have a question, just ask one of the volunteers.

Security Cameras:

The public should be aware that 24-hour security cameras are in operation.


We ask that visitors to the Christmas Display respect our neighbors property by

staying on the sidewalks and off the lawns and gardens.  There are trash receptacles located at the entry and exit gates of the display. 

Who is Deacon Dave:

This question comes up every year.  Deacon Dave is a Permanent Deacon of the Roman Catholic Church.  He is assigned to St. Michael Parish in Livermore.  The deacon was ordained in 1982, by Bishop John S. Cummins, Bishop of the Diocese of Oakland.  Deacon Dave is a 4th generation Livermore Resident.  Deacon Dave’s “House of the Dove” is his private residence.  As a member of the clergy at St. Michael’s Church, the deacon has been involved in many different ministries over the years.