Coast lighting up for Christmas

Bridal Place residents ready to light up for Christmas include, from left, Sue Reid, Gilbert Taylor, Peter Reid and Maurice Murphy. Below, Gilbert’s lights include a colourful hedge. Photo, Mark Yela.

Bridal Place was voted “best Christmas street in Millwater” in a local poll last year – and the residents are going all out to cement that reputation with this year’s displays.

Ten houses in the small cul de sac put up Christmas lights last year and they had so many people coming to see the displays they had to restrict car access for the safety of those on foot.

One resident had images from the movie Frozen playing across his garage door.

Sue and Peter Reid spent “several hundred dollars” on lights last year and expect to spend that again this year. As well as new lights on the houses, the berms and footpaths are being decorated with strip lights.

“The joy people get from seeing the lights makes it all worthwhile – and it’s not just the kids,” Sue says. “I always feel a bit sad when we take the lights down again.”

The tradition started three years ago. Maurice Murphy says residents of the street are very neighbourly and friendly and everyone is happy to join in.

“We started by just lighting up our caravan, but now we have quite a bit more in the front garden too,” he says.

Some Bridal Place residents are starting early and will have lights on display this weekend (December 2) but the whole street will be fully lit and looking its best by December 9.

Miller Rise, Harris Drive and Major Henry Greens are also good places in Millwater to see Christmas lights.

Elsewhere on the Hibiscus Coast there are expected to be eye-catching displays in many parts of Whangaparaoa and also Kensington Park in Orewa.


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