The Elysium Over 50s Village Christmas Lights Extravaganza is delighting Beaudesert residents young and old through the festive season.
See photos below: Elysium Village lights up.
Eager locals queued up in anticipation for the grand opening on 29 November and continued to show up night after night.
When the Beaudesert Bulletin attended on opening night, Elysium residents were out strolling among the lights and festivities alongside local families and couples, friends and community volunteers.
Among locals spotted at opening night were Jess and Jake Fisher and their son Levi, 10 months, who wore matching Christmas outfits for young Levi’s first Christmas.
The Beaudesert Scouts brought joy to everyone they met, handing out handwritten cards and lollipops, and children had the chance to win a teddy bear in dance competition ‘Dennis’s Dance Disco’ on the Clubhouse Deck.
The familiar smell of a Beaudesert Rotary barbeque filled the air alongside the music of local duo Wilson Street, made up of Linda Street and Rick Wilson.
Singing Santa and his 12 Elves made an appearance, encouraging a Christmas carols singalong and handing out gifts to the kids.
The Elysium Village Christmas lights tradition started in 2016, when Denise Winter and her husband, the late Neil Winter, moved to the village.
Prior to that, the tradition dates back to 29 November 2002, when the Winters started their neighbourhood Christmas lights display at their 10 Durrand Street home to honour their late daughter Tanya. The Durrand Street lights were loved by the entire community and busloads of residents from local nursing homes were among those who turned out to experience the Winters’ generosity of spirit each year.
Elysium Village sales and marketing manager Dennis Ring, who this year for the first time organised the lights display, thanked the community for its generosity in donating gifts for the children, enabling every child visiting the extravaganza to receive a gift.
The Elysium lights are on each night until Christmas, and each weekend there is live music, food stalls and Christmas gifts for the children.
Elysium Village is at 339 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert. A gold entry donation is appreciated on entry to help fund the purchase of Christmas lights each year.
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