Stokers Siding resident, Mr David White takes time to sort through 158000 christmas lights prior to his annual Christmas light display.
Stokers Siding resident, Mr David White takes time to sort through 158000 christmas lights prior to his annual Christmas light display. Scott Powick

Lighting Tweed’s Christmas spirit

LIGHTING up the Tweed is no mean feat but for Stokers Siding residents David and Marilyn White, making sure the lights shine brightly for charity is all part of the Christmas spirit.

The Whites go to extraordinary lengths with their phenomenal Christmas display, lining their 2ha property with almost endless lights and displays that for 11 years have made the Tweed sparkle.

Setting up the lights on the hilly expanse of the property is not for the faint-hearted as Mr White, over a period of 41 days, will set up more than 150,000 globes in preparation for the December ritual.

The wondrous display is nearing completion and Mr White says visitors can expect a new look this year.

“This year I’ve been doing it paddock by paddock and I’ve tried to change things,” he said.

“I figure it out as I go, but there’s different design patterns, a different colour co-ordination and a few different designs with the features we put up with the lights.”

David White erects Christmas lights at his Stokers Siding property.
David White erects Christmas lights at his Stokers Siding property. Nolan Verheij-full /TWE261113xma

The display appears like a beacon over Stokers Siding and, once visitors arrive, they can easily make their way around the property viewing lights and features.

Visitors are encouraged to make a gold coin donation and more than $15,000 has been raised over the years for the Leukaemia/Cancer Association of Murwillumbah.

Mr White has been donating to the association for five years and says he feels privileged to be able to provide assistance to such a worthy cause.

“We’ve had a fair few people come through that have had children go through the leukaemia cancer research and that’s what it’s all about for us,” he said.

The property is at 35 Summer Hill Close, off Stokers Siding, south of Murwillumbah and the display will run from December 7 to 30.

Lights will be switched on from 8pm NSW nightly.

The display

Display running dates: December 7-30

Times: 8-10pm

Globes used: 158,258

Strings of lights: 461

Days to assemble: 41

Power boards used: 116



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