Parachut­ing Santa ex­cites

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - GE­OR­GIA FORRESTER

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.

WAR­WICK SMITH

Mu­si­cians add fes­tive flavour for visi­tors to Vanessa Shaw’s house in Tre­maine Ave.

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