Elysium Village lights display kicks off

Neil and Denise Winter are getting festive at their home in Elysium Village. Photos: Jocelyn Garcia
Neil and Denise Winter are getting festive at their home in Elysium Village. Photos: Jocelyn Garcia

THE Christmas trees are up, Santa is on display and the lights are shining brightly at Elysium Village.

More than 40 homes are lit up for the community to enjoy as well as performances from A-Choired Taste and visits from Santa Claus, Mrs Claus and Jack the dog.

The entertainment nights will be held on December 13, 15 and 20 with a $1 entry fee towards a raffle ticket.

There will be a sausage sizzle on the main nights and every Friday evening this month.

Neil and Denise Winter were known in town for lighting up their home on Durrand Street in memory of their deceased daughter.

Since 2002, the pair turned on the festive lights on November 29 to honour the birthday of their daughter Tanya, who died as a 20-year-old in 1992.

The tradition was though to have ended when they moved to the village last year but this was not the case.

Thanks to the community support, the Winters with Elysium Village residents lit up the village for the first time and this year will be no different.

Reindeers at Elysium Village.

Reindeers at Elysium Village.

Wearing their red and white attires for the holiday season, Mr and Mrs Winter said they were thrilled to see village residents embracing the event.

“Residents were a bit hesitant last year because they didn’t know how it was going to work and what it was going to look like,” Ms Winter said.

“Now that they know what to expect, the residents are all for it and are joining in the fun.

“Everyone is more enthused this year.”

The couple’s sense of loss has into a mission to spread the joy with the light display.

Ms Winter said the hard work and time put into installing the lights and decorations was worth it when she saw the smiles on children’s faces.

“It’s unbelievable,” she said.

“You can see their eyes light up and hear their voices asking where is Santa Claus?

“It’s so rewarding to do the display and hear the comments from the children and the community loves it.”