WITH Christmas just weeks away, locals like Harrisdale’s David Burrows are dusting off their lights and decorations as they prepare to amaze the neighbourhood with their dazzling displays.
Mr Burrows has been hard at work for weeks preparing more than 60,000 lights for his Harrisdale Avenue festive display, which has been wowing the local community for the last 10 years.
He said he believed he had spent at least $20,000 and had computerised the entire collection to a custom soundtrack that could be heard through a regular FM radio.
“I get my enjoyment out of my Christmas lights and worked out how to do the computerised features myself,” he said.
“If the kids and mums and dads enjoy it that’s all that matters and I’m more than happy to stand out here for three to four hours per night and talk to people about the display.”
Having won second place in Synergy’s 2016 Christmas Lights Competition last year, Mr Burrows is hoping to go one better in the new 2017 Synergy Xmas Lights Trail competition.
“It takes about one hour to program a minute of music for the synchronised soundtrack, depending on how in depth you go and we add two or three new songs each year,” he said.
“It’s usually something a bit different, but we’re really excited that there is a category for ‘lights synchronised to music’ this year in Synergy’s competition.”
Visit www.xmaslightstrail.com.au to upload photos of Christmas lights displays, with public voting to begin in early December.