CHRISTMAS may still be months away, but preparations have already begun for this year's 4KQ Christmas Lights competition.
With more than 140,000 light bulbs and 12 hour days spent setting up in preparation for more than 50,000 visitors, last year's winner Ray Moore has clearly set the bar high.
The Kingston resident said his Christmas creations started out as a hobby after his wife asked him to go out and do something.
“She probably thought I'd go out and mow the yard,” Mr Moore quipped.
Working from a picture in his mind, Mr Moore and his family pride themselves on creating a different theme and design every year, even if it takes months to create.
“We have a huge Christmas theme and things kids can interact with,” he said.
“There's (been) Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Santa's Workshop, a ginger bread hut and there's also two themes under our house too.”
Preparations for this year's competition are already under way at Mr Moore's house, with much of his front yard already sporting lights and decorations, and he expects it to be complete by mid-November.
“Then it's up permanently until New Years,” he said.
When asked why he put in so much time and effort each year, Mr Moore said it was all because of the looks on people's faces as they walked into his yard.
“It's the look on their face as they walk in, and the looks on the little people's faces,” he said.
“It's not just them though, it's the look on grandma's face when she becomes 10-years-old again.”
Rather than competing, this year Logan City Council has joined forces with 4KQ for the Christmas Lights Competition, and customer services, marketing and parks committee chairwoman, Councillor Lynne Clarke, said she was rapt with the outcome.
For more information about the 4KQ Christmas Lights competition, visit council's website at www.logan.qld.gov.au.
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