Let there be lights

Lo­cals have added a spe­cial glow to fes­tiv­i­ties, writes BIANCA CA­PA­ZO­RIO

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - HOLIDAY -

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.

PIC­TURE: COURT­NEY AFRICA

LIME­LIGHT: Lights fes­toon An­ton Spamer’s house in Cor­nelius Road, Bothasig.

PIC­TURE: COURT­NEY AFRICA

SPOT­LIGHT: Gerry Smeda en­joys show­ing off the lights at his home in Muller Road, Kuil­sriver.

PIC­TURE: DAVID RITCHIE

HIGH­LIGHT: Ray Ch­esters be­lieves his house in Ta­ble View has the best col­lec­tion of dec­o­ra­tive Christ­mas lights in Cape Town.

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