Parachuting Santa excites
Whether it is a herd of glowing reindeer or Santa Claus parachuting out of a tree, Christmas lights are sparking festive cheer throughout Manawatu.
Nineteen homes in Palmerston North, Feilding, Bulls, Foxton and Marton are dressed to the nines with lights and decorations for this year’s Professionals Christmas Lights Spectacular.
Bill Williams, who is part of the competition, has decorated his property with ‘‘thousands and thousands and thousands’’ of lights each year, since moving to Feilding from Marton in 2004.
His house, garden and clock museum are draped in an array of colourful lights in celebration of the festive season.
It takes Williams and his family about two months to put the display together and one month to remove it all.
He said the light show in December costs him about four times his usual power bill.
But it was all worth it, simply because he enjoyed Christmas and seeing people’s reactions.
‘‘I love it. The kids think they’re great and their parents love them too.’’
Vanessa Shaw’s home on Tremaine Ave is again illuminated in lights.
This year, she also has large inflatable decorations.
Shaw said she and her father have been putting up lights for the past 19 years, and had about 9000 people visit in 2015.
Musicians add festive flavour for visitors to Vanessa Shaw’s house in Tremaine Ave.