Titirangi house plans to outshine Franklin Street
The lights are on and so is the competition.
For the past twenty years Barney Singh has been decorating his west Auckland home with Christmas lights for the holiday season and every time it gets bigger and better.
"People tell me our house is better than all of Franklin Rd combined," he says referring to the famous Ponsonby decorations.
The family will host a street party followed by an "official switching on" of the lights at 15 Havelle St, Titirangi on December 3.
The exhibit takes three months to put together and Singh says there are thousands of lights in the display.
Once formally switched on, the display will remain lit from sunset till midnight until the start of the new year.
His Christmas creativity does come at a price tag. Every year the power bill for December is higher than usual.
However, he does not consider the expense a total loss.
"There are those who go to the casino and waste money for selfish reasons. I am spending on something that brings people together."
Singh says he loves meeting people who came to his home as children, and now bring their own kids to check out the lights.
The annual tradition began after a family misadventure more than two decades ago.
The Singhs had wanted to attach a Christmas tree replica to the exterior of their house.
Although they managed to put up the ornament, it left unsightly holes in the bricks and cracks in the walls.
In one of windows, the family lit a single lamp.
The following Christmas they decided to decorate the windows.
And from then on every year the family would add something more appealing.
A few years later, even Father Christmas became a regular feature at the Titirangi house.
However, this year he may not be able to make it due to a sickness in the family.
The lights are going to be officially switched on for the holiday season after a street party on December 3 at 7pm.