Fes­tive lights to de­light

FAM­ILY’S WIN­TER WON­DER­LAND DIS­PLAY TO BRING CHRIST­MAS CHEER TO ALL

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS - Jil­lian McKee

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.

Main pic­ture: MATT SUL­LI­VAN

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.

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