Each year Trinity Street in East Vancouver—on which, incidentally, sits the first house I ever lived in, now owned by my aunt and uncle—holds a Christmas light competition. Here are my photos from last year.
Most houses take the more-is-more approach, to charmingly blinding effect, but there are lots of tasteful ones too, and each year at least one unusually cool entry. This year it's the gingerbread house, pictured.
It is a full size house that people live in, but the gingerbread effect is shockingly realistic. And when you look at it, you realize that the owners have constructed an entire fake wood façade about half a metre in front of the actual face of the house, then covered it with painted wooden icing (including the house address numbers), candies, and other decorations.
You still have a chance to head down to Trinity Street, just west of the Second Narrows Bridge, and cast a vote for your favourite house at the nearby McGill Grocery. Gingerbread is my pick.