Fes­tive lights

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Patrick Tansey

One of Co­bram’s big­gest hotspots for keen Christ­mas light thrillseek­ers is al­ready ready for ac­tion.

Ron and Kath Ren­frew’s home at 7 Davey St, Co­bram, has been a per­ma­nent fix­ture on the town’s Christ­mas lights cir­cuit for many years and the cou­ple’s ex­cite­ment for the fes­tive pe­riod is again near­ing fever pitch.

‘‘We have ap­prox­i­mately 30 000 lights on dis­play cov­er­ing the home, and the Santa is made up of 3300 lights,’’ Mr Ren­frew said.

‘‘We open our gar­den and car­port for ev­ery­one to walk around and see the lights close up.’’

Mr Ren­frew en­cour­aged ev­ery­one to come in­side the prop­erty to ap­pre­ci­ate the full ex­tent of the light show.

‘‘Sight­seers who just sit in their cars can­not see all of the lights, you have to come in.’’

He said chil­dren hop­ing to see Santa be­fore his big night fly­ing around the globe would also be in luck.

‘‘On Christ­mas Eve, we have Santa and Mrs Claus come and visit us and they sit on the front ve­randa and give all the chil­dren a soft toy, with 300 toys dished out each year,’’ Mr Ren­frew said.

‘‘Santa ar­rives about 8.30 pm and leaves at 10.30 pm to start his rounds.’’

Mr Ren­frew said on top of the Christ­mas fes­tiv­i­ties and plenty of fun for chil­dren, com­mu­nity mem­bers have a chance to make a dif­fer­ence to the lives of many chil­dren do­ing it tough dur­ing the Christ­mas pe­riod.

‘‘We will also have a do­na­tion tin in the gar­den where vis­i­tors can make a do­na­tion to Heartkids Vic­to­ria if they want to (vis­i­tors are not ex­pected to make a do­na­tion to come in).’’

Christ­mas cheer: Santa is made up of 3300 lights.

Lights on: The 7 Davey St home has been a con­stant on the Christ­mas lights cir­cuit in Co­bram for years.

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