IF you think your fairy lights are the most impressive this side of the North Pole, think again.
Extravagant festive wonderlands that are months in the making will dazzle across Perth today when Synergy’s Xmas Lights Trail kicks off.
Most home displays are bigger, brighter and just plain better than last year as hundreds of owners aim to spread the season’s cheer and shine the light on a good cause.
In Ballajura, Chad Godley will flick the switch on his Aussie Christmas and winter themes for the fourth consecutive year while fundraising for Perth Children’s Hospital.
His 70,000+ lights display includes a 6m tree in his yard, as well as giant candy canes, family-size sleigh that’s Insta-worthy and baubles for visitors to sign and hang on a smaller tree.
For the first time, the 26-year-old has also decked out two rooms, creating a Christmas village scene of miniature houses, trains and carnival rides, and Santa’s lounge complete with the main man in red asleep on the couch.
“I’ve always been into lighting and I guess Christmas lights was just a bonus,” he said.
“I have a lot of support from all my family, who help me each year to get the display up and running.
“This takes hours, long nights and lots of energy but it is worth it.
“The reason why I continue comes down to my big family and the fact that it puts big smiles on kids’ faces.”
Also using his home’s exterior and interior as a canvas, Seville Grove resident Lee Maxfield will light up an amazing display featuring a nativity set, singing and dancing Santa, “snowman dome” and a “Christmas tree of hope”.
The long-time decorator, who raises money for the Animal Protection Society, has even set up a huge window of a Christmas winter village with mind-blowing animation and detail.
Mr Maxfield runs a nightly musical show every 25 minutes from 7.40pm, with the last at 10pm.
Two-time People’s Choice Award winners Mary and Alan Kartesz-Wardroper are also back on the trail, creating remarkable festive cheer to fundraise for K9 Rescue Group.
They spent about 700 hours transforming their Meadow Springs home into a magical setting of 500 trees and 32 nativity sets that people from far and wide will view.
Vote for your favourite display at xmaslightstrail.com.au up til December 19 and the owner will have a chance to win one of 10 cash prizes up to $2500.
Most displays end on January 6, 2020.
Streets to visit
Consulate Court, Thornlie
Samson Court, Duncraig
Narrien Loop, Hocking (three neighbours)
External displays plus windows or rooms to see
8 Meadow Springs Drive, Meadow Springs
102 Riverside Lane, Seville Grove
6 Heron Close, Ballajura
22 Newbury Way, Alkimos
2 Sherlock Rise, Carramar (also hosts sensory nights)
Other festive favourites
42 Lynella Circuit, Banksia Grove
73 Bulong Avenue, Ascot
56 Taywood Drive, Wanneroo
33 Yorn Circuit, Beeliar
4 Harrisdale Drive, Harrisdale