And Christmas house winner is …

WATTS OF JOY: An honourable mention goes out to the family at 16 Raleigh Terrace for this festive and fun display. A pleasant surprise at the end of the street, Trevor Cameron did a great job decorating the house and yard using the incline to his advantage. The gorgeous tree in the window and bright “Merry Christmas” message out the front were stand out details.

ATTENTION to detail and bright festive colours are what made 3 Kingsley Court this year’s The Border Watch Christmas house of the year.

With an aim to put smiles on faces, resident Belinda Say created a sprawling and colourful display which features more than just lights.

Inflatable Santas, a golden arch, handmade details and plenty of twinkling lights make Ms Say’s home a stand-out among many.

Located off Conroe Drive’s Tanglewood Crescent, Ms Say said the display was created to look appealing during both day and night.

“I really wanted to make it special and great to look at during the day time too,” she said.

CREATIVE: Judges gave honourable mention to number 2 Acacia Street. Raising money for the Mount Gambier Cancer Support Group, Helen and Michael Roesler have created their own unique motorised pieces as part of their “Kangaroos are Hopping and the Elves are Bopping” Christmas display. The judging panel was impressed with Helen’s enthusiasm collecting donations at all hours of the evening.

“Some of the really little ones are sometimes too tired by the time the sun goes down so to have a versatile display is helpful for some parents.”

As part of the newspaper’s competition, Ms Say registered her home to go into the running for a $100 Arena Sports Store voucher.

The Border Watch team of judges visited each home on the list Wednesday night to select a winning display.

Sales supervisor Christian Greco said selecting a winner was a challenging decision.

“We had some great entrants this year with a handful of stand-out displays and 3 Kingsley Court had something for everyone,” he said.

“We particularly loved the golden arch over the driveway and this display’s ability to look great at all hours.”

Honourable mentions for the competition went to 26 Hilltop Avenue, 2 Acacia Street and 16 Raleigh Terrace for their incredible displays.

WINNER: This year’s The Border Watch winning Christmas house was awarded to 3 Kingsley Court for an impressive display.

Judges also gave a special mention to 82 Sims Road at Glencoe, where an extensive walk-through wonderland was created with some incredible features.

Ms Say said she was “amazed” to hear she had won.

“I was so surprised, but very thankful indeed,” she said.

“When I was little my family and I would always go for a drive to look at lights, so I was really excited to be able to create my own display.”

With plenty of praise coming her way, Ms Say admitted decorating was not easy.

“It is a lot of work to put up and take down the display, but absolutely worth it when you see how much joy it brings,” she said.

“It brings so much Christmas cheer for people of all ages and the atmosphere on Christmas Eve is amazing.”

Every year, Ms Say adds to her display and her new features this year include a lantern snowman and inflatable gift arch.

She encouraged families and children to browse the display on Christmas Eve when she will hand out candy canes and spread plenty of Christmas cheer.

IMPRESSIVE: An honourable mention has been awarded to 26 Hilltop Avenue for an impressive light display. It was definitely the most talked about house in the city and the family behind the marvelous creation did not disappoint during judging for The Border Watch and Arena Sports Store Christmas lights competition Wednesday on night. The revolving light-up message wishing visitors a happy and safe Christmas personalised the display. Pictures: KYRA SYKES

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