by Greta Yeoman
Christmas has come early for one Timaru resident, who spent close to six weeks setting up her festive home before opening it to the public.
Gleniti Rd resident Sha Harber has opened up her Christmas-themed house to the public for the third time, with hopes of raising money for the Child Cancer Foundation.
In the first year, 2015, close to $3000 was raised, and last year brought in more than $2600.
Her house includes several Christmas trees, lights inside and out, nativity scenes and the centrepiece, a Christmas village with light and sound.
She and husband Peter had been joined by 12-year-old Molly Gallagher during the six-week set-up.
Molly had visited the house last year and asked to help with pack-down so she could learn about how it all came together, Mrs Harber said.
She had returned this year to help the Harbers with the set-up in the evenings over almost two months.
“She’s been here boots and all.”
Molly had also been turning up every night since the house opened to the public, each time decked out in a different Christmas elf costume.
Mrs Harber hoped next year’s set-up would be streamlined, after the Christmas village set had been moved on to permanent wooden boards.
“Next year might take six days, not six weeks.”
The Christmas display at 9 Gleniti Rd, Timaru is open to the public until Christmas Eve, between 6.30pm and 10pm.
Entry is by gold coin donation.
Betty and George Weavers’ Temuka property, at 16 Seddon St, is also open to the public from 2pm each day. The couple’s display includes lights outside and decorations inside, and the gold coin donation entry goes to Alzheimer’s South Canterbury and the Life Education Trust.
Life Church at 134 Morgans Rd is hosting a Christmas lights event, which will run from Saturday until Monday (Christmas Eve), from 9-11pm. There will be various activities for families, including treats, crafts, carols, a photo booth and a nativity scene.