Boulcott lights up for Christmas

MATT STEWART
Last updated 05:00 12/12/2012
Lower Hutt Christmas lights
KENT YU

Bridal model Isobel Kimble looks poses before the Hathaway Ave Christmas lights backdrop.

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A model reckons the Hutt Valley's most photographed Christmas light display is a "cool and cute" venue for a bridal photo shoot.

For the past 12 years thousands of people have visited Lindy Naylor's luminous house at 27 Hathaway Ave, in the Lower Hutt suburb of Boulcott.

The radiant Christmas array attracts fascination across the age spectrum with resthome residents and young children alike thrilling to the light show.

Posing as a Christmas bride, model and Victoria University student Isobel Kimble, 20, was charmed by the house.

"It's a cute story. It's quite a community thing," she said.

Ms Kimble was snapped by Wellington photographer Kent Yu.

"It's a beautiful background - these are the best Christmas lights in the Hutt. It captures a bit of Wellington and a bit of Christmas," Mr Yu said.

The display is a fundraiser for the Hutt Water Polo Club's coaching development programme. Each year players help design the spectacle with tens of thousands of lights, toys and Christmas figures.

Preparations begin in October and Mrs Naylor - a self-confessed yuletide fanatic - said the players inspired her and gave her the energy to keep up the tradition.

"It's lots of hard work but I love my garden, I love the kids playing water polo and I love Christmas. It all combines beautifully," she said.

A Johnsonville couple even tied the knot amongst the fairy lights five years ago and Mrs Naylor was happy to have another nod to nuptials with the latest bridal shots.

"That was different. That was awesome," she said of the photo shoot.

Other Christmas display houses lighting up December nights around the region include exhibitions on houses on State Highway 1, Paraparaumu, Joseph Banks Dr and Samwell Dr in Whitby and Gloaming Hill in Titahi Bay.

Ex-Rotarian Michael Collett has been keeping John Sims Dr in Broadmeadows aglow for 15 years with his display.

"I'm just a big kid at heart," Mr Collett said.

Despite his electricity bill jumping by up to $70 in the weeks before Christmas, he said it was worth it to watch people get joy from the lightshow.

"It's all fun and games - it's all part and parcel of the Christmas cheer."

The Hathaway Ave display is open every night from 8.30pm until December 23. $2 per person, under 5s free.

Contact Matt Stewart
Weather, science and environment reporter
Email: matt.stewart@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @smatape

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