News

Christmas lights up Kingston

LIGHTS ON: Work has already started on Ray Moore's Kingston home. Photo: Ruth Keber
LIGHTS ON: Work has already started on Ray Moore's Kingston home. Photo: Ruth Keber

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.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Man repeatedly struck with baseball bat during robbery

Police are investigating a violent robbery at a Loganlea store.

One of the men put the man in a headlock

Man killed after van bursts into flames in crash

Two cars were involved in the crash

Handbags, money stolen as women come to blows in carpark

police generic Handcuffs arrest. 07 October 2016

Police arrest three women after early morning altercation

Local Partners

MOVIE REVIEW: Matt Damon's The Great Wall gets lost

The Great Wall feels about as artisanal as a fortune cookie. Its underlying message is just as trite.

Paul Murray listens to regions

Paul Murray is taking his Sky News show on the road to shine a spotlight on regional Australia.

Radio broadcaster wants viewers to 'turn up and fire up'

Why Hollywood’s siding with Brad Pitt over Angelina Jolie

Jolie may have the kids, but Pitt has custody of Hollywood

Tensions high at pointy end of MKR's round two

Things are really heating up on My Kitchen Rules.

Games are being played around the My Kitchen Rules table

Jungle Jay sent packing from I'm a Celebrity

I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Here! contestant Jay Laga'aia with Keira.

BIG friendly giant Jay Laga'aia has been eliminated from I'm A Celeb

Carson Kressley brings 'camp' to I'm a Celebrity jungle

"I am not all Park Avenue and daffodils” ... Carson Kressley.

Meet the "campest” campmate to star on I'm a Celebrity.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi mystery already solved

FILE- This undated file photo provided by Disney shows Daisey Ridley as Rey, left, and John Boyega as Finn, in a scene from the film, \"Star Wars: The Force Awakens.\" Hasbro said it is changing its Star Wars Monopoly set after an 8-year-old girl became upset that Rey, the movie's female heroine, was not included as a figure along with Darth Vader and Kylo Ren. (Disney/Lucasfilm via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

A key mystery surrounding the title of episode eight has been solved

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Massive seaside development of 3200 lots

DESIRABLE LIFESTYLE: The masterplan for the proposed Elliott Heads Estate.

"There's nothing else left along the coastline of Queensland now"

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

50 more high rise buildings planned for Brisbane CBD

Height limits have been scrapped for Brisbane CBD

800,000 more people expected to work in city over next 20 years

New suburb in the crosshairs of Coast vandals

UNDER WRAPS: Graffiti on art installations at the entrance to the newly opened Bells Creek Arterial Road has been covered up.

Vandal rechristens Stockland as something less than complimentary

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!