Aussie themed Christmas wonderland a hit with kids
A CRACKER of a Christmas has reined in hundreds of people who gaze in delight at a light spectacular created by Gladstone couple Denis and Dianne Kammholz.
Their Glen Eden Dr home is an illuminated Christmas wonderland with a big "G'day mate" Aussie theme.
Kids giggle in delight as they spot the big green croc lurking near a palm tree, kangaroos pulling a tractor, an emu and platypus, Santa flying high in a hot air balloon - even a filly necked lizard and a turning Ferris wheel.
He's no dingo but the Kammholz's red cattle dog Bundy gets an illuminated light display up on the roof.
With Santa's keen elves helping at night the Venz children, Khloe and Amarlie, are collecting money from people enjoying the lights spectacle that will be donated to the Friends of the RSPCA Gladstone to help in the care of homeless animals.
"Gladstone people have been very generous. They have been giving their loose change, even $20 notes and on one night the children collected $230," Mrs Kammholz said.
It is the fourth year the couple have decorated their home.
Her husband Denis began the Christmas project back in October with the festive lights switched-on on December 1.
The couple give a big thank you to their "wonderful neighbours" who they say have had to contend with lots of families dropping by in their cars and who stop to walk around and look at the lights.
"Some nights we look out the front door and can't see the road because there are so many people," Mrs Kammholz said.
"It's been an amazing response, that's why we do it."
Even Santa, wearing thongs (jandals for Gladstone's many Kiwi neighbours) will be out an about on Christmas Eve.