Shin­ing lights on good causes

Wanneroo Times - - News - Visit Syn­ergy’s web­site at www.xmaslight­strail.com.au.

FOR Christ­mas fa­nat­ics who light up their homes, it is all about spread­ing the sea­son's joy and see­ing the re­ac­tions from the kids (in­clud­ing the big kids) who visit.

Many of them are also rais­ing money for causes close to their hearts, bring­ing in thou­sands of dol­lars for char­i­ties.

Here are some of our favourite res­i­den­tial dis­plays.

22 New­bury Way, Alki­mos

Lisa Clout­man and her hus­band have been light­ing up their home for the past four years to raise money for the Perth Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion. There is much to see, with their dis­play ex­tend­ing into three rooms, as well as hand-made gi­ant neon candy canes, a gi­ant ginger­bread house and a life-size sleigh. Check out their home from 6.30pm to 10pm un­til De­cem­ber 26.

267 Lyon Road, Au­bin Grove

Clay­ton Reimer and his fam­ily put hun­dreds of hours into their dis­play, which in­cludes bub­ble and snow machines, 9-ft tall nutcrack­ers and more lights than you can imag­ine. They raise money for Perth Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal Foun­da­tion. You can see it all from 7.30pm-10pm un­til De­cem­ber 27. A fundrais­ing event will be held on De­cem­ber 22.

6 Heron Close, Bal­la­jura

Chad God­ley (25) has been light­ing up his home since he was 10 years old. This year’s dis­play in­cludes a 5.5m Christ­mas tree, Santa's rein­deer sta­ble, gi­ant candy canes, fer­ris wheel, Santa's carousel, pen­guins and rein­deers. A spe­cial event will be held on De­cem­ber 22, 7.30pm to late, with Santa in at­ten­dance, a sausage siz­zle and kids' ac­tiv­i­ties.

2 Sher­lock Rise, Car­ra­mar

Ruth and Stu­art Galt have cre­ated a unique in­ter­ac­tive dis­play de­signed with kids who have spe­cial needs in mind. Their amaz­ing dis­play is a must-see for ev­ery­one but they will have a spe­cial sen­sory night on De­cem­ber 20.

Prairie Dunes Place, Con­nolly

The fes­tive bunch on this lively cul-de-sac get into the Christ­mas spirit each year with a stand-out dis­play in­clud­ing a snow ma­chine and outdoor cin­ema show. Their fundrais­ing ef­forts help spon­sor pup­pies from Guide Dogs WA. Pups cost $35,000 and re­ceive names like Holly, Dash and Ivy.

12 New­mar­ket Re­treat, Cur­ram­bine

Steve Church­man's spec­tac­u­lar dis­play fea­tures Dis­ney char­ac­ters, Santa's work­shop, Santa sleigh, snow­man and guest ap­pear­ances from “Snowflake” the Christ­mas bear – all while rais­ing thou­sands for Autism WA.

Sam­son Court, Dun­craig

These tight-knit neigh­bours help each other out and com­bine their ef­forts to not only put on daz­zling lights dis­plays and draw a crowd each year but raise thou­sands of dol­lars for Wheel­chairs for Kids, a group of re­tirees in WA who pro­vide wheel­chairs to dis­ad­van­taged kids in need around the world.

8 Meadow Springs Drive, Meadow Springs

Mary Kartesz-Wardroper won the Peo­ple’s Choice Award in last year’s Syn­ergy Christ­mas Lights Trail com­pe­ti­tion and with one visit, it is easy to see why. With more than 700 boxes of dec­o­ra­tions, hun­dreds of Christ­mas trees, char­ac­ters in cos­tume and an in­door dis­play, make sure you add this wonderland to your view­ing list. Mary raises funds for K9 Dog Res­cue Group.

22 Mar­riott Way, Mor­ley

This might be the last time you can view John Roe's iconic lights, il­lu­mi­nat­ing the street for the past 26 years. Don't miss the daz­zling $6000 WA-first South­ern Aurora Spi­ral Twis­ter. Donations go to Can­cer Coun­cil WA.

102 River­side Lane, Seville Grove

The Max­fields, who are rais­ing funds for An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety, say their win­dow dis­play is one of the best in Perth. They have a nightly mu­si­cal lights dis­play ev­ery 20 min­utes, 7.40pm to 10pm.

4 Panax Court, South Lake

The Dunk­leys’ hand­made Santa sleigh and fly­ing rein­deer look spec­tac­u­lar against their beau­ti­ful gar­den set­ting. Their lights will also be rais­ing money for Breast Can­cer Care WA this year.

102 River­side Lane, Seville Grove

12 New­mar­ket Re­treat, Cur­ram­bine

2 Sher­lock Rise, Car­ra­mar

2 Sher­lock Rise, Car­ra­mar

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