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Lights are on for Evitts' Christmas display

Tuesday, 7th December, 2010

Sandra and Will Evitts outside their lights display yesterday Sandra and Will Evitts outside their lights display yesterday

Sandra and Will Evitts had their colossal Christmas lights display shown on national television on Sunday night.

The couple were amongst five families from across the country on the Lifestyle Channel's 'Aussie Christmas Lights' story about the best of the country's displays.

The program, narrated by cricketer Matthew Hayden, followed the ups and downs of people assembling their light displays over five weeks.

It showed them unpacking the lights, setting them up and finally unveiling them to the public on December 1.

Mrs Evitts said she was referred to Southern Star who produced the program, and told if she was interested in being filmed, to ring them in Sydney.

"They came out and they did quite a lot of interviews and I wasn't sure if anything was going to come of it, and so they rang back this year and said can we come and do some more, because they'd whittled it down to six lots of people," she said.

A cameraman then followed the couple through weeks of setting up their lights. The Allendale Street residents and triple winners of the city's Christmas Lights Competition have been decorating their home for 15 years.

"We wanted something for the children," Mr Evitts told the BDT. "We had no idea it would get as big as this. During Christmas you're flat out getting a car park and the lawn is absolutely chock-a-block full of people."

Mrs Evitts said it normally took between six to eight weeks to set the display up. "Will starts putting the lights up at the end of October, early November, and it probably takes at least two full weeks going at it to string them all in above the tree and into the tree," she said.

"Then it would depend on the weather. You get those rainy days when you couldn't do anything.

"When you think about it, we've probably been collecting the lights for about 20 years, but not on this scale.

"Doing it like we've been doing it now, it's probably been getting bigger and bigger since perhaps 2000.

"We try and buy as much as we can locally. "Over the last five years it's got as big as this, but previous to that, it was basically just lights and a few interactive toys for the kids.

"A lot of people have got some beautiful lights around... although we haven't seen them because once we get all these toys out we don't get a chance to leave the house."

The display's pinnacle is on Christmas Eve, when the Father Christmas pays a visit to 10 Allendale Street.

"We have some family and friends that donate some chips and lollies when Santa comes."

The BDT is again inviting locals to be a part of our list of light displays which we publish regularly in the paper.

Phone 8087 2354 or email editorial@bdtruth.com.au for your address to be added to the list.

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