Kaiwaka lights up

Pam and Mark Ottoway stand in the middle of their decorated front lawn in Kaiwaka

Mark and Pam Ottoway’s Christmas spirit shines through the township of Kaiwaka each year with their impressive Christmas and light display.

What started with a few strings of lights has evolved over the last 30 years the couple have been decorating their house and front lawn to the joy of passersby and locals on SH1.

“As we’ve gone on it’s grown over time. It takes about three weeks to set up and then I keep adding to it,” says Mark.

He says the regulars know straight away which displays have changed and what’s new.

“On a weekend we’re always packed, it’s a constant stream. Everybody comes and has a chat and there’s always people who come along that we haven’t caught up with for ages.”

The Ottoways ask for a small donation to explore the property which showcases blow-up figurines, lights, a snow machine and an ornamental display.

Every cent is then donated to the Kaiwaka Fire Brigade which both Pam and Mark’s families have been heavily involved with for generations.

Last year they made over $3,000 and they’re hoping to target that amount again. “We do it because we enjoy meeting the people who come along — it’s quite amazing how far some come to see it.”

The display will be on show until early January and it’s rumoured the jolly red man will be making the odd appearance over some evenings.
 


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