Light show wows kids at Christmas

Emily AceSouth Western Times
VideoGrandparents of twelve, Peter and Glenda Mongan, have no less than 77 twinkling Christmas trees lighting up their home. Make sure to stop and follow the light trail to enjoy the full effect of their hard work

Peter and Glenda Mongan have transformed their Dalyellup home at 93 Hornibrook Road into a twinkling forest of Christmas trees, with the aim of lighting up children’s faces this festive season.

The couple first began creating amazing Christmas displays at their former home in Australind a decade ago, with their collection of trees growing to a grand total of 77 this year in Dalyellup.

“I spend a lot of time at op-shops and on bidding wars and people often give us trees,” Mrs Mongan said.

Although it looks impressive from the street, the couple encourage visitors to stop and have a closer look.

“Last year the kids kept wanting to run through the trees and the wires were on the ground so it was too dangerous, so this year we decided to make a walkway all the way through,” she said.

“A lot of people just drive past, but it is well worth popping out and having a look.”

Decorations wrap around the entire house, with a special display in the garage and a stunning centrepiece in the backyard.

“Glenda said she wanted the home tree from Avatar, so I built one,” Mr Mongan said.

“It is all bits and pieces of a dead tree from Rotary Park.”

The entire set-up took a month to create, with the three giant light trees on the roof requiring five hours of work each. The lights are flicked on from 7pm to 9.30pm on week nights, with the lights staying on an hour later on the weekends.

To ensure all children have the chance to enjoy the display, the couple switch all of their flickering lights to still on a Friday night to accommodate children with epilepsy or sensory issues.

This year the couple are collecting donations for the Bunbury Soup Van.

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