Seeing the lights fantastic!
All over the suburbs people are creating spectacular Christmas displays
CAPE Town’s aglow, and it’s no longer just Adderley Street that’s pulling out all the stops. Capetonians from Bothasig to Bishop Lavis are adorning their houses with Christmas lights.
While most people are satisfied with a wreath of holly and maybe a few fairy lights, some have gone all out.
Weekend Argus photographed homes in a number of Cape Town suburbs, including Ravensmead, Bishop Lavis, Grassy Park, Kensington and Retreat, all of which had been decorated with lights.
Among them is Gerry Smeda from Sil- ver Oaks in Kuils River. He’s decorated his house in Muller Street with a variety of Christmas lights worth about R100 000, which he has collected over the past five years. Smeda put up lights for the first time in 2005. The next year, he transformed his home into a Christmas fairytale in the hope of raising money for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.
He’s been doing it ever since, and in recent years has raised money for Tygerberg Children’s Hospital too: “I’ve raised about R94 000 since 2006. I’m a teacher; I work with children all the time, so it’s close to my heart.”. He raises the money by asking visitors to make donations.
SANTA’S HELPER: Anton Spamer makes final adjustments to his lights at his home, 46 Cornelius Street, Bothasig.
ALL ALIGHT: 39 Van Riebeeck Street in Bothasig has really made an effort to shine.
HAPPY HOLIDAY: Allen Martin’s Christmas lights in 11th Avenue, Kensington took three days to set up.
EYE CANDY: Rodney April transformed his home in 3rd Avenue, Grassy Park, into a Christmas wonderland.
FESTIVE FUN: David Davids of 13th Avenue in Kensington has decorated his home, and even the tree outside his wall, with festive lights.
CELEBRATiON: Gerry Smeda of 15 Muller Street, Kuils River, decorated his home to raise money for charity from visitors who make donations.
HO, HO, HO: There’s no mistaking Christmas is here at Steobel Street, Ravensmead, where lights have been put up to celebrate the season.
CHRISTMAS CHEER: Gregory van Haght enjoys the view of his lights at 72A Spectra Road in Retreat.
JINGLE BELLS: This home in Comet Road, Bishop Lavis is all dressed up in Christmas lights for the holidays.