Light shows spread cheer at Christ­mas

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Jes­sica Cuth­bert

Flash­ing light dis­plays illuminating Al­bany’s streets can be a high­light of Christ­mas for many.

Many house­holds get into the Christ­mas spirit and deck out homes with stun­ning lights dis­plays en­joyed by car­loads cruis­ing bumper to bumper around the sub­urbs.

Al­bany Lim­ou­sines and Char­ters made sure ev­ery­one can en­joy Christ­mas light hunt­ing by of­fer­ing free tours to the pub­lic.

Owner Si­mon Winch­ester said after the suc­cess­ful last two years of of­fer­ing the tours, they were pleased to have an­other year of booked-out tours.

“It was a great suc­cess again last year and well re­ceived by the com­mu­nity,” he said.

“We took over 300 peo­ple last year over the week of Christ­mas, and this week we have a cou­ple hun­dred booked in on our two buses.”

He said his fam­ily were in the po­si­tion on each tour to carry 75 peo­ple, who wouldn’t nor­mally have the op­por­tu­nity, to look at Christ­mas lights

“We have buses and we do what we can to hep out the com­mu­nity and to get peo­ple out who don’t have an op­por­tu­nity to do so them- selves,” he said. “There are lots of fam­i­lies who don’t have a car or the op­por­tu­nity or even thought to get out and have a look at the lights them­selves so we wanted to of­fer it to them so no one missed out.”

Mr Winch­ester said it was a good, fun and free night out and a great way to say thanks and give back to the peo­ple who have sup­ported the busi­ness through­out the year.

This year they will be tak­ing vol­un­tary do­na­tions for the Ron­ald McDon­ald House, a char­ity that has helped the Winch­ester fam­ily over the years.

Pic­tures: Lau­rie Benson

Amanda and Si­mon with Bobby, Eva, Sonny and Leia Winch­ester.

Susan Court, Yakamia.

Halls Rise, Yakamia.

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