Christmas lighting up in Sunraysia

DECEMBER has only just begun, but many Sunraysia residents are already getting in the festive spirit, with Christmas lights springing up around town.

Nancy Baker's Christmas lights are a hit with locals, who have come to expect something bigger and better every year.

Ms Baker and her husband have been putting up a festive display at their house in Mildura for almost 20 years.

"We've been doing it for a long time, every year – and there's usually something new each year," Ms Baker said.

"We don't always put out the same ones. We have to say, 'Oh, they're having a holiday'."

Ms Baker said the family put their lights up just for the joy of seeing smiling faces.

"We do it for the kids, because the kids are so happy to see it," she said.

There's plenty there to keep little ones entertained, with many children's' favourites appearing this year.

"We have Olaf from Frozen in the garden," Ms Baker said. "We've got Mickey and Minnie and a snowman and we have a little train with Santa Claus in and he's got parcels in behind. We've got a massive teddy bear – I can't reach the top of him.

"We have a snowman, we have a gingerbread man and we have a new one this year which is a candy cane that's got a penguin with it; and the other one is a sleigh with some presents in it."

Lights will be on at the Bakers' home in Anthony Street, Mildura, between 8.30pm and 11pm each night, and until midnight the week before Christmas, and at several other houses in their street.

There will also be lollipops for children and a singer on some evenings.

To add your house to the Sunraysia Daily Christmas lights map, register here.

The Christmas lights map will appear in Friday's edition of Sunraysia Life and in Saturday's Sunraysia Daily.