Christmas cheer is 62,000 bulbs and growing
FOR most people, Christmas is still a couple of weeks away.
But for Rochester’s Ken Hocking, it started months ago.
The Baynes St resident began putting up his annual Christmas lights display in October and he’s still hard at it applying the finishing touches.
This is the 11th year Mr Hocking has organised the display at his home and it continues to attract more than 10,000 amazed onlookers each December.
‘‘Sometimes I feel like I’ve created a monster,’’ he laughed.
‘‘It’s getting challenging. I’m running out of room between all the animals, the sleds and all the stuff I keep adding.
‘‘I’m definitely not sick of it, but it is tiring and there is so much work involved.’’
The bulb count for this year is already up to 62,000, its most ever, while a lifesize sleigh, complete with nine reindeer, is a new addition in which visitors can take photos.
‘‘I just love the joy it gives to so many people and it’s not just kids, the elderly love it too,’’ Mr Hocking said.
‘‘It seems like there are less people doing Christmas displays in the area, but I plan on doing this for as long as I can.’’
The display can be seen from the street, but Mr Hocking urged visitors to get out of their cars and check the large range of attractions inside his shed.
As usual, thousands of lolly bags will be handed out to children, while biscuits will be available to seniors.
Free fairy floss will be available on the evenings of December 21, 23 and 24.
Mr Hocking’s decorations can be seen from after 8pm each night outside his home at 99 Baynes St, Rochester.