Somehow we’ve managed to breed a 10-year-old and an 8-year-old without ever venturing to a mecca of Christmas lights … until now. We were worded up by my sister that Davidson, on Sydney’s northern beaches, was a must-see.
Still, nothing could prepare me for following the hundreds of cars snaking their way to Borgnis Street, parking a few blocks away, then walking into a wonderland of at least 10 Mr Whippy vans, a fire station showing off it’s wares and selling various glow-in-the-dark products, and dozens of lit-up houses themselves.
How does a tradition like that start? How do the residents not begin to regret the tradition when thousands of people start trailing through their front yards every night.
Being a real estate person at heart I also wondered how it affected property prices. It surely can’t be a selling point that for a month every year your street is not your own? There was one sold sign we passed and “epicentre of Northern Beaches Christmas lights” wasn’t on the billboard.
But good on them. They delight so many kids and raise money for Bear Cottage in the process.
And the people watching is awesome. Kids in Chrissie costumes, dogs in Chrissie costumes, grown-ups draped with Chrissie lights … At one point Santa even came past on the back of a firetruck (although the youngest noted he was actually someone who’d been waving a donations bucket earlier in the night, she has a sharp eye, that one).
Afterwards we headed to Cambage Court in Davidson, which sports music groups singing Christmas carols, a lady handing out candy canes, a sausage sizzle and a giant bear walking around for the kids to cuddle. The folk there even invite people to wander around their backyard and peer in their windows at various displays. AND they have their own website – Cambage Court Christmas Lights.
Cambage Court is also a charity initiative, with a donation box. This year it supports SIDS and Kids NSW and Victoria, the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, and A Cure For Life Foundation.
Our kids loved it all – especially being up so illicitly late at night – and we felt pretty infused with the festive spirit too as we drove home.
Merry Christmas to everyone who reads HouseGoesHome – hope you have a good one.
PS Are there any great light displays around your way?