Couple fights back to win Warwick Christmas lights title
A DEVASTATING hail storm that smashed lights and damaged displays could not stop Lynden and Craig Pavy shining the spirit of Christmas across the Rose City.
The couple's home at 64 Law Rd has taken out the 2015 Warwick Christmas Lights Competition in the first year entered in the category.
Mr and Mrs Pavy's display was devastated during the hail storm that hit Warwick last week, but some last minute alterations ensured it was looking as close to its best as possible for judging.
The couple has been decorating the home for three years and has constantly been improving the display.
It takes three months to set up and, by using solar power and recycled goods, does not take too much of a toll on their hip-pocket.
This year it featured 134 Christmas trees, countless lights, a miniature train set, a nativity scene and a hot air balloon that originally hung in Rose City Shoppingworld.
Despite the hard work associated with their Christmas wonderland, it is all worth it when they saw the reaction of children visiting their home.
"The way their faces light up makes it all worthwhile," Mrs Pavy said.
The couple was blown away to win the competition considering the standard of displays across Warwick.
"There are some awesome displays out there which is why we are so surprised we won," Mrs Pavy said.
Mr and Mrs Pavy will be back in 2016 to defend their title with a bigger and better Christmas lights display.
And for those looking to shine some Christmas spirit on the Rose City, Mrs Pavy has one important piece of advice.
"Do it safely and make sure not to overload everything," she said.
Christmas lights judge and Warwick Daily News office manager Lara Brackin congratulated all entrants in the competition.
Mrs Brackin paid tribute to the display at 7 Killarney Vista, off Cullen St.
"It is such a beautiful, walk-in display with a shed full of dancing and singing Christmas toys that children can interact with," she said.
"It is definitely worth a visit."
For a map of all entrants in the competition, get Saturday's Warwick Daily News or go to www.war- wickdailynews.com.au.
Best House: 64 Law Rd
Best Neighbours: 3 and 5 Gibson Rd
Best Business: Video Ezy
People's Choice: 123 Bisley St