[author]Photos Melissa Hargraves[/author]
Trinity Drive residents Peter and Denise Harley said the idea started small and has now grown to include more than 20 houses along the street.
Peter said the light-up creates a wonderful sense of community amongst residents and visitors.
‘It’s a great time to catch up with old friends and meet new ones. It brings the street together.’
Residents have thrown their weight into supporting the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter. During the light-up Santa and his helpers from the chopper collect donations and hand out lollies and good wishes to all.
Over the 16 years the event has raised close to $130,000 for the rescue helicopter.
Peter advised visitors to plan their visit for after 8pm when it is dark, to get the full effect of the lights.
‘It’s spectacular when it’s dark,’ he said.
With buses large and small bringing people from aged-care homes and out-of-town organisations, along with streams of cars, the event attracts hundreds of people.
‘It gains momentum as we get closer to Christmas,’ Peter said.