Festive lights to delight
FAMILY’S WINTER WONDERLAND DISPLAY TO BRING CHRISTMAS CHEER TO ALL
THE Bale family, from Erskine Park, has created its very own Christmas winter wonderland this year, complete with a snowman, sleigh and even visits from Santa.
The Warbler St residents have joined forces with their next door neighbours for the past three years to create some of the best Christmas lights in Sydney.
Gavin Bale, at no. 74, is the mastermind behind the display.
“This is our third year and it just gets bigger and better each year. The two houses lit up together just look fabulous,” Mr Bale said.
He said it was the perfect excuse for the neighbours to get together.
“We have neighbours who we don’t see all year that come out to see the lights. It’s great for the community to see them, and to have a chat together,” he said.
This year, the Bale family has added a life-size Santa sleigh to its display, with a snow-themed backdrop perfect for family photos.
“I started setting up the display in October, and even took a full week off work to complete it,” Mr Bale said.
“I made the sleigh myself, and my daughter is in awe of it. We have had it for months and, every night, she still asks to sit in it.
“There is truly something for everyone here. We have handmade motifs and my neighbour even has a snow machine, which the kids love.”
The family will also be collecting donations for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s Lights for Kids Foundation, which aims to spread festive cheer to sick kids.
The lights on Warbler St will come to life every Thursday-Sunday at 8pm, from now until Christmas.
Residents are encouraged to head down and join in on the fun.
For more details, visit the Bale family’s Facebook page, Lights on the park.
Gavin Bale, with his wife Kellie and kids Ben, 10, and Abbey, 5, love setting up the display in Warbler St each year, and (inset) in its glory at night.