Turning down the lights: popular Atwell Christmas display to be on smaller scale in 2016


Kanji Loop, Atwell in 2015. Picture: Stephen Heath Photography
Kanji Loop, Atwell in 2015. Picture: Stephen Heath Photography

A POPULAR Christmas lights display held annually in Atwell will be toned down for 2016.

Each December thousands visit the usually quiet Kanji Loop to see one of Perth’s biggest and best lights display.

The event has doubled as a fundraiser for the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, with close to $110,000 raised in the last five years; more than $38,000 was raised in 2015.

However, the enormous effort put into planning a month-long event featuring the lights display, raffles, special guest performers, entertainment and food trucks has proven too much.

Resident Jason Pearce said planning for 2016 began about a month ago before locals decided they “needed to take a well-deserved break”.

“This year the lights will still be up on many houses, but they won’t be ‘bigger and better’ as we’ve done in the past,” he said.

“There will be no formal fundraising events such as a barbecue, raffle, merchandise sales or visits from special guests.

“We have yet to decide on what fundraising activities we are up for.”

Mr Pearce said residents on the street usually began planning in July.

Lights are put up in November before a “lights-on ceremony” on December 1.

“As the residents will be taking a break this year they can concentrate on planning for their own family events in the loop,” Mr Pearce said.