For many kids, going to grandmas house for Christmas is a wonderful escape, but for Val Stuckeys six grandchildren its truly like stepping into their favourite Christmas fantasy.
Each December Val and her husband Clyde lovingly hand paint and install more than 10,000 tiny lights on their Trinity Drive home, adding a dazzling new feature every year this time a brightly coloured, flashing palm tree.
My grandchildren and all the kids in Lismore just love it. When you see them driving past the smiles on their faces says it all, said Val. Its something we really enjoy being a part of its like living in the middle of a big Christmas party for two weeks.
The Trinity Drive Light-Up has become something of a Lismore tradition, and is also a fundraiser for the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, raising more than $60,000 in the 11 years since it began.
From this Sunday, December 10, right up until Christmas Eve, Santa will be there every night from 7.45pm to around 9.45pm, handing out free lollies (courtesy of Hunter Wholesale) while his helpers collect donations from passers-by.
We are so grateful to the residents of Trinity Drive for the countless hours of work they put into the event, and to the many people who bring their kids to see this enchanting display, said Philip Gibson from the Rescue Helicopter. The magic of the street just captures you its like something out of a fairytale.
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