Christmas wonderland lights up at Craig's place

IT takes 100 hours and more than 25,000 lights for Craig Murphy to transform his house into a Christmas wonderland.

Each year Mr Murphy climbs on the roof to string lights, hang stars and erect a huge Joy to the World archway at his Amana Circuit home.

It is a dedication going back more than two decades when Mr Murphy’s late father Noel Murphy decorated the house.

“Each year they’ve built up and built up and it’s getting to the point where we can’t squeeze any more in,” he said.

Mr Murphy said his father built everything from Christmas trees to reindeer, shooting stars and messages made out of flashing lights.

“There’s not one thing that’s been bought,” he said.

Mr Murphy says putting up the lights does take time, and recent hot weather has delayed him a little.

“When it’s 30 degrees it’s 40 on the roof,” he said.

“I’ve been going for three weeks and I’ve probably got another one and a half [weeks] to go.”

Due to rising electricity costs he has delayed switching on his Christmas lights until December 14.

Mr Murphy has again entered his home in the Central Western Daily‘s Christmas lights competition after winning the judge’s choice award twice before.

He encouraged other home owners to get in the Christmas spirit and decorate their homes.

“I’d like to see people doing it, especially in this street,” he said.

The deadline to enter the competition has been extended to noon tomorrow, Wednesday, December 5.

There is $300 in retail vouchers to be won this year.

Check out page six of today’s CWD for the entry form. Once completed drop it back into the CWD at 132 Kite Street.

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