Vickery's spread Christmas cheer
THE Vickery family are helping spread the Christmas cheer in Tweed this year with their own dazzling lights display.
Darren and Jodi, of 64 McPhail Street, Kingscliff, have been putting on an impressive lights show for almost a decade.
The family are just one of many taking part in the Tweed Daily News’ Christmas Lights Watch, which provides a free list of lights and a special pinpointed Google map on our website.
Mr Vickery said the family had moved to Kingscliff about eight years ago and had gradually increased their set-up each year.
“We get heaps of people stopping and looking every night, bringing more and more Christmas cheer,” Mr Vickery said.
“I just do it to get a reaction from all the people – everyone gets a kick out of coming to see it.
“It is a lot of hard work, but worth it in the end.”
Mr Vickery said it was all about bringing some Christmas cheer to the neighbourhood.
Along with thousands of fairy lights, Mr Vickery has welcomed reindeer to his front lawn, along with Santa Claus and a penguin.
The public shows its appreciation by honking and cheering as they drive past, or hopping out of the car for a closer look.
One neighbour has kids who refuse to go to sleep without dropping by the house for a quick look at the lights.
Mr Vickery said he and Jodi often sit on the driveway and have a cup of coffee to greet visitors.
He said he was inspired to continue to improve his Christmas lights by the old Tweed Shire lights competition, which is no longer running.
Mr Vickery said he would like to see the lights competition return to the shire.
“It might encourage more people to get in and do it. The numbers here in Kingy have dropped off a lot in recent years.”