Elysium Village lights up Christmas spirit in Beaudesert

BEAUDESERT got its sparkle on last night for the traditional Christmas lights display at Elysium Village.

The lights display started with Elysium Village residents Neil and Denise Winter, who had long been well known in town for lighting up their home on Durrand Street in memory of their beloved daughter.

Since 2002, the Winters 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 did not die when the pair moved to the village two years ago and with overwhelming community support and the popularity of the event, the tradition continued.

This year’s event started at 6pm on Tuesday with visitors comprised of locals, young families and residents from Wongaburra bused in by Centacare.

Before the sun went down A-Choired Taste was on hand to perform some old favourite Christmas songs with plenty of actions to entertain the audience.

As darkness fell, the extent of the decorations became obvious as dozens of homes began to twinkle with fairy lights.

At 7pm Santa made an entrance, to the delight of the children while volunteers slaved over hot barbecues to produce burgers for those who stayed for dinner.

For those who missed out on the spectacle last night, there will be two more Christmas light displays with the choir and Santa on December 14 and 19.