Beaudesert children charmed by the Christmas lights at Elysium Village

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

The lights display first 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.

Mrs Winter said since 2002, the couple 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 three years ago and with overwhelming community support and the popularity of the event, the tradition continued.

"Neil started working on it in October," Mrs Winter said.

"It is very rewarding when you see the lights go up.

Mrs Winter said the majority of residents at the village had embraced the idea with gusto and for the past three Decembers the entire precinct has resembled Santa's grotto with almost every house festooned with twinkling fairy lights.

With children and families welcome to enjoy the spectacle, the Elysium Village volunteers are hosting a community event tonight with entertainment from A-Choired Taste and reasonably priced drinks and snacks on offer to help raise funds for the Christmas lights.

The Choir will start at 6pm but the Community Hall will be open from 4.30pm selling Burgers for $6, sausage sizzles for $2, Plum pudding and custard for $3, ice cream for 50c and poppers or bottled water for $1 and soft drinks for $1.50.

There will also be a coffee van at the village.

For those unable to make it tonight,, the choir will be back on December 10, 19 and 20, with toasted sandwiches available to visitors on all other days - $2 for toasted cheese and $2.50 for ham and cheese.