Let there be lights
Locals have added a special glow to festivities, writes BIANCA CAPAZORIO
FROM Bothasig to Strandfontien, some Capetonians are adding dazzle to Christmas with their festive lights. The imaginative displays include reindeer, trains, Christmas trees, stars, snowmen and sleighs. And what would Christmas be without a life-sized Father Christmas?
In Sparrow Crescent in Table View, the lights put up by Ray Chesters have enthralled neighbourhood children for years. Loads of lights cover his house, and his lawn is a carnival of figures including rocking horses, Father Christmases and reindeer. But probably best-known is the red postbox where children can post their Christmas wish lists to the North Pole. Thousands of people visit the house, and Chesters uses the display to raise funds for the charity Home of Hope.
In Bothasig, even Anton Spamer’s dog Zeus gets into the Christmas spirit, wearing a pair of antlers while the house glows brightly behind him.
Spamer said this was the fifth year he had put up lights, which have become an attraction for local children. “The lights are LED lights, but then there’s other stuff like the Father Christmases, too. It doesn’t cost me so much more in electricity every year, maybe an extra R50,” he says.
In Paarl, Gert and Marie Dempers have their Fabriek Street home and trees lit up. Their gable is outlined in lights, and little trees lining their walkway are also lit up. Shooting stars and bells adorn the walls.
And in Strandfontein TJ Pietersen’s home is a festive riot of light and colour with bells and wreaths and lights strung through the trees.
LIMELIGHT: Lights festoon Anton Spamer’s house in Cornelius Road, Bothasig.
SPOTLIGHT: Gerry Smeda enjoys showing off the lights at his home in Muller Road, Kuilsriver.
HIGHLIGHT: Ray Chesters believes his house in Table View has the best collection of decorative Christmas lights in Cape Town.