Hi-tech light display is a crowd pleaser



A COMPUTER animated Christmas wonderland in Mason Street and Santa's workshop in Lakes Creek Road, North Rockhampton, have been voted the best residential and business Christmas lights displays for 2005.

They were among the 38 Rockhampton, Gracemere and Capricorn Coast residential and 11 Rockhampton business displays judged in the Ergon Energy/Capricorn Local News Christmas Lights 2005 competition.

The winning residential display, by Peter and Trudy Shaw of 173 Mason Street (off Dean Street), North Rockhampton, features a computer animated Christmas wonderland using more than 20,000 lights.

From the handle turning to release Jack in the Box, the puffs of smoke from Santa's toyladen train, the fairy on the roof granting Christmas wishes, Santa fishing, falling snowflakes through to the reindeer playing on the see-saw ? this display is delighting children and adults of all ages.

"We have also tried to create traditional Christmas scenes with the nativity, crosses and the playing of carols, and every night we receive wonderful comments,'' Mr Shaw said.

Barbara and Ross Shield of Lakes Creek Florist, at the corner of Lakes Creek Road and Ellis Street, North Rockhampton, have produced another spectacular Christmas lights display, earning them top marks in the business category.

The design of the Lakes Creek Florist premises lends itself perfectly to a spectacular Santa's workshop display, which covers the roof, verandas and extends inside through the frosted windows, creating a magical scene.

Mr Shield's injured shoulder kept the business out of the competition last year.

Now dressed as Santa he greets the children each night.



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