Pinjarra Murray Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jill Burgess

IT comes as no sur­prise that Mary Kartesz Wardroper, of Meadow Springs, has taken the hon­ours for the sec­ond year run­ning in the best Christ­mas lights in Perth.

Her dis­play won the Peo­ple’s Choice Award af­ter thou­sands of peo­ple voted in the Syn­ergy Christ­mas Lights Trail.

Mrs Kartesz-Wardroper’s an­nual spec­tac­u­lar has gained a strong fol­low­ing around Perth and con­tin­ues to draw bus­loads of vis­i­tors from across the Perth suburbs.

The dis­play in­cludes al­most 500 Christ­mas trees, in­clud­ing a Bar­bie tree, dog tree and dol­phin tree, as well as sen­ti­men­tal hand­made pieces dat­ing back 50 years. This year it fea­tures new trees as well as a win­ter scene in­side and a huge sleigh out­side.

Each year she dec­o­rates her en­tire Meadow Springs home – even the toi­let.

The plan­ning is year­long, with dec­o­ra­tions go­ing up as early as Au­gust. Mrs Kartesz-Wardroper loves open­ing up the house and giv­ing a lit­tle bit of plea­sure to peo­ple.

Vis­i­tors come from far and wide to view her home and gar­den at night, from the first week­end in De­cem­ber un­til Jan­uary 8, and it’s not just for fam­i­lies. Other vis­i­tors in­clude the el­derly and tourists who stop for a look at the dis­plays.

Last year Mrs Kartesz-Wardroper and her hus­band raised $11,500 for K9 Res­cue Group.

Mary Kartesz Wardroper has won the Peo­ple’s Choice Award for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year in the Syn­ergy Christ­mas Lights Trail com­pe­ti­tion.

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