News

Lights out for award winning xmas display

Shane and Debbie Horswill's Christmas lights display.
Shane and Debbie Horswill's Christmas lights display.

CHRISTMAS has always been a time to shine for Shane and Debbie Horswill.

Decorating their home with hundreds of thousands of lights, the Jindalee couple are renowned for having one of the best and brightest Christmas light displays.

But it's an 11 year tradition that Mr Horswill said he and his wife would sadly have to break this year, after recent storms destroyed their award-winning display.

With hail stones as large as golf balls, the 46-year-old said the storm damaged many of his festive props as well as more than 800 sets of lights.

"It was absolutely devastating," Mr Horswill said.

"In the 10 minutes it took for the storm to pass, a year's worth of preparation and work was destroyed."

Mr Horswill said this year's display was to be his most spectacular yet with a children's maze, an arbour and around 200,000 lights.

"Being able to put these lights on each year for the community has been very dear to my wife and I," he said.

"It's always great to witness the smiles on people's faces and see how much the children enjoy it."

Since first taking part in the annual tradition, the couple have been showcased in a book that featured Australia's best Christmas light displays and won eight awards.

"We have a lot of people wondering if we will be switching the lights on this year," he said.

"But I've had to say no...I'd rather not run it at all then run it with so much of the display damaged."

Though the couple's Christmas spirit has been dampened this year, both said the setback had not dissuaded them for lighting up the house next Christmas.

"If anything, we are more determined for next year's display to make up for the loss of this year's," Mr Horswill said.

Topics:  christmas lights


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Christmas concert to showcase local talent

WANTING TO HELP: Helping to rasie money for iSEE CARE by holding a concert from left, Lene Amato, Janine Evans, Scott Hall and Lauren Mackay.

Free community carols event sure to draw a big crowd.

WATCH: Man on the run after knife point robbery

Ipswich detectives investigating the armed robbery of a liquor outlet located on Commercial Drive, Springfield have released an image of a man who may be able to assist with their investigations.

Police release vision of armed robbery at liquor outlet

Gold Coast smashed by severe lightning storm

Sharyn Lee Kimpton‎ posted this cracker photo of lighting at Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast on Tuesday morning via Higgins Storm Chasing / Facebook.

Pictures have been flooding in on social media of the lightning bolts

Local Partners

Hailey Baldwin: I don't understand Taylor Swift's squad

Hailey Baldwin has taken a quick stab at Taylor Swift and co.

Taylor Lautner 'spotted smooching co-star'

Taylor Lautner has been romantically linked to Billie Lourd

David Beckham's tattoos come to life for UNICEF campaign

David Beckham has called for an end to violence against children

Pop star Liam Payne's Facebook hacked with porn

"Things that can happen to you when you don't have sex."

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather

Tim Roth was abused by his grandfather during his childhood.

Leo designs shocker tattoo for Tom Hardy after lost bet

Leonardo DiCaprio has designed a new tattoo for Tom Hardy

Residents wary of showing sand mine hand early

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Couple's desperate $550K price drop to sell Gladstone home

Brian Headley and Kirstene Staib are selling their Kin Kora mansion for $750,000.

TELL tale sign of Gladstone's property market.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!