You might know Whoville as the town from which The Grinch attempted to steal Christmas in the classic Dr. Seuss story How The Grinch Stole Christmas or one of its two film adaptations.
You might not know, though, that Whoville — or at least a close facsimile thereof — comes to Westsyde in Kamloops every Christmas.
Randy and Sue Adams, better known at this time of year as The Mayor of Whoville and His Wife, opened the gates to their Whoville re-creation this weekend.
This is the third year they have had a Grinch-inspired holiday display in their backyard and the second year the display has been open to the public. Whoville can be found at 1864 Dickenson Rd., near Westmount elementary, and Randy said that any time the gates to the back yard are open, people are welcome to visit.
But Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings for the next three weeks will be when people can get the most out of the experience, with hot chocolate, popcorn, a fire pit and a continuous showing of the 1966 animated version of How The Grinch Stole Christmas.
Hours are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on those three nights.
“People just sit around here and we have hot chocolate and popcorn,” Randy said. “Then, when they go, we have treats for the kids, too, like jelly beans. And, of course, they're green, like the Grinch.”
The Adams’ yard is not the only thing dressed up for the occasion. The titles of The Mayor of Whoville and His Wife are not just honorary as the couple gets into costume before opening the gates on weekends, ensuring the smallest details are accurate.
“I haven't cut my hair for seven months,” Randy said, lifting his hat to show his long, white locks.
“And then I actually put it in curlers and I put it all up. And then we have Whoville noses that we put on. My wife dresses up, too, and her costume this year, it's mind-boggling. So she's going to be the belle of the ball this year, which is good.”
They ask visitors to bring donations of children’s books that will be passed on to Literacy in Kamloops. Through the first two nights Whoville has opened this year (Dec. 6 and Dec. 7), more than 200 books were collected. Last year, Whoville collected more than 500 books and $170 in cash for the organization.
It takes about a month to get the yard prepped for the display, with the pair starting work on it in early November, needing to get certain elements into the ground before it freezes. They tinker with the construction of new elements over the course of the year, as well, but Randy said it’s worth it when the holiday comes and they get to see the joy on the faces of those who visit.
“As long as people just come and enjoy themselves, have fun,” Randy said. “That's all we ever ask.”