THE Hannigan family is ecstatic after claiming the Max Bailey First National Christmas Light Competition for the second year in a row.
“A lot of people told us you never win twice so we’re very surprised and happy to win it again,” Kylie Hannigan said.
“We always aim for bigger and brighter each year and it really paid off, we took a whole new approach this time round and created a North Pole scene.”
The display at 127 Casey Drive took 30 hours over two weekends to put up, plus additional tweaks to the lights.
“We always light up on December 1 and had to brave the 40 degree heat at the end of November to get them up on time,” Mrs Hannigan said.
The family plans to donate its $200 prize money to St Catherine’s Catholic College for the Harry Dunn climbing wall to be built at the school.
“Because our motivation for putting up the lights is children, we wanted to make sure the money went to a related cause. Last year it went to the Children’s Hospital, at Westmead.
“Christmas lights are contagious and if we are not on holidays next year we will definitely be putting them up next year,” Mrs Hannigan said.
“We are amazed at how many houses are putting up lights in Hunterview but noticed a lot of good displays didn’t enter in the town competition and we encourage them to sign up,” Luke Hannigan said.
The best time to see the 127 Casey Drive lights was between 8.30pm and 10.30pm. Christmas carols can be heard in the background on Thursdays and Sundays.
The last night to see the display will be December 30.
The second time winning home of the Max Bailey First National Christmas Light Competition is 127 Casey Drive, Singleton.
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