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Kamloops couple turns yard into a real life Whoville Dr. Seuss would be proud of

Whoville Kamloops will be open to the public again for a second year starting Friday, Dec. 6. 2019.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/ Who-Ville Kamloops
December 06, 2019 - 12:00 PM

If you’ve ever wanted to visit the magical town of Whoville but never thought you could, you'll have your chance this winter.

Last year marked the first year Who-ville Kamloops opened to the public and Sue Adams and her husband, the creators and owners behind the Dr. Seuss-themed display, are inviting the public once again this holiday season.

Adams and her husband admit they are not quite sure how they ended up creating the grand display dedicated to the book How the Grinch Stole Christmas but says it all started when their granddaughter's Dr.Seuss-style treehouse in their backyard.

After getting the approval from her neighbours, Adams decided to open their little village to the community and anyone is able to drop by during the weekends in December from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There is no admission fee, but the Adams ask for gently-used or new books which are donated to Literacy Kamloops at the end of the season.

“That’s how it really began, we decided we could use Whoville to really help with literacy and get books for the kids so it was a perfect fit and it just evolved with one thing that led to another which has grown to where it is now,” she says.

Unlike last year, this year’s display is also spread out to the front to attract more people. When guests walk up to the house, they’ll be greeted by a welcome sign and the mayor of Whoville. Once you’re in the village, you’re welcome to wander or watch the original Grinch movie projected on the side of the house.

“You come through with the mayor, then grab a hot chocolate and sit down on the hay bales around the fire and watch the movie,” Adams says.

The entire display is interactive, Adams says, and this year even includes a few surprise visits from special guests.

Last year, they collected more than 550 books and $250 for Literacy Kamloops.

This year’s Whoville display will be open to the public starting this Friday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and runs until Dec. 22. 

The gates are also open throughout the week during the day for people who prefer to check out the display during quieter times. 

The house is located at 1864 Dickenson Road.

For more information, visit the Whoville Kamloops official Facebook page by going here.

Whoville Kamloops started roughly two years ago by the Adams family.
Whoville Kamloops started roughly two years ago by the Adams family.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/ Who-Ville Kamloops

The entire display is interactive for guests coming to visit.
The entire display is interactive for guests coming to visit.
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/ Who-Ville Kamloops

— This story was originally published at 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019.


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