Gatchell Family lights up season of giving Thursday night

For more than 30 years the Gatchells have delighted the Island with their festive display. — File photo by Robert Gatchell

Lynn and Robert Gatchell of Oak Bluffs will hit the switch on their annual Christmas light display at 5:30 pm, Thursday.

The Gatchells’ holiday extravaganza includes more than 20,000 lights, a flying reindeer, candy canes, talking Santas, a toy train, choir singers, penguins, a homemade igloo and a 40-year-old nativity set outside their home on County Road.

The display is meant to delight the community but also serves as the centerpiece of an annual food drive for the Island Food Pantry. While enjoying the lights, drivers-by are encouraged to drop off canned goods. Mr. Gatchell told The Times that last year was the best-ever for donations.

The Gatchells’ house is located on 148 County Road in Oak Bluffs.