anyway, the highlight usually is xmas eve street party at nikki and bryan's place down waikiki way (beachside 'burb in Perth). For the last 3yrs i usually go there, although last year i missed it from being a grinch so i had to go this year. i've never been to such an event as this. the (70%) whole street puts on a xmas light display and has their bbq out on the lawn welcoming visitors with greetings etc. (one lady says they bought 300 candy canes and they were gone by 8:30pm!!!) come dark the lights are bright and the steady flow of cars and people walking increases and is constant untill around 11:00pm! (i should mention it was around 36degreesC during the day!)
Food, drink, cake it's all taken in and slowly the night unfolds with visits from neighbours and friends coming past and saying hello and the throng of people continues. Even santa goes around to every house and greets them as well as a multitude of passers-by and a seemingly endless line of kids!
There is even a group of elderly carolers who stop at each house and sing carols then move on to the next one. this usually takes around 2 1/2 hrs or more to do!
A few of the houses are up for sale and in coming months new owners will move in and next year there may not be as many lights. how much longer will this renown event keep going?? who knows. it may get bigger, but as with most things it may just dwindle as so many others have. then were will the 5000 odd visitors go??
I know not. but i'm just going to enjoy it for as long as i can!!
merry Christmas everyone!!!
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|some of the local kids dress up, notice how empty the street is?? not for long!|
|nikki and bryans place|
|Santa greets the kids|
|the two kids in the barrow were pulled around all night!|
|one house even had snow!!|
|the streets are starting to get packed already!|
|even limo's were full of people having a look!|
|me and mark!|
|Om nom nom|
|santa having a rest|
short vid around 9pm