Lights in focus

Steven and Karen Cornish's house in Vista Drive, Chirnside Park. 111380 Picture: REBECCA BILLS


FOR 24 years Steven and Karen Cornish’s house in Vista Drive, Chirnside Park, has been a focal point for Christmas light onlookers.
Mr Cornish said the couple start putting the lights and decorations up before the Melbourne Cup weekend because it usually takes them four or five weeks to put it all together.
“We have a few things that other people don’t have like a spinning Christmas tree, a snowman and a ferris wheel that we have made alongside a train on the front veranda,” he said.
“Every year it’s a bit different with new features in the ferris wheel and different colours.
“You buy various things and you modify them to make them suit.”
Mrs Cornish said her electrician husband loves putting the lights up and uses it as an end of the year outlet.
“He loves doing it and it brings a lot of enjoyment to kids and adults who come and look,” she said.
“We have thousands of people drive past here and the CFA guys bring Santa every Friday and Saturday night.
“We collect donation for the CFA so it goes to a good cause.”
Mr Cornish said the lights will be on display until late December
Other great local spots to visit for great Christmas lights are Lakeview Drive in Lilydale and Tombolo Court in Mooroolbark.
Visitors are also reminded not to forget to wave to Mr and Mrs Clause as they drive up Hereford Road in Mount Evelyn.