The couple behind Mandurah’s most festive house worked hard with their elves to put on their spectacular Christmas light show.
It’s not even December yet, but Mary Kartesz-Wardroper and her husband Alan have already spent about 700 hours transforming their Meadow Springs home into an impressive Christmas attraction for visitors from across the state.
Ms Kartesz-Wardroper said it took the family three months to set up the exhibit and two months to take it down, all in the name of spreading Christmas cheer.
“We have visitors from all over and everyone leaves with a smile,” she said.
“In addition to that we raise money for the K9 Dog Rescue Group, last year we raised over $11,000 to help them rescue dogs and educate the community about dog ownership.
“Coming from a family of 10, Christmas has always been a truly magical time for us and my parents who decorated each year, so for me it’s all about keeping that alive and carrying on the family tradition.”
The exhibition includes more than 700 boxes of decorations, 500 Christmas trees and 32 nativity scenes.
And for the past six years, their home has become a must visit on the Mandurah Christmas home circuit.
Award-winning Mandurah Christmas house 700 hours of preparation
The couple behind Mandurah’s most festive Christmas display have already put in months of work preparing for the joyful season.
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Inside Mandurah’s most festive Christmas house. Video: Amy Martin
Growing up in Pennsylvania, Ms Kartesz-Wardroper said she spent more than half a year recreating the magic of her childhood Christmases for Mandurah families.
“The decorations continue to grow and this year John Tonkin College donated a huge red sleigh that the children created at school,” she said.
“I never really stop planning and I’m already thinking about next year and finding inspiration everywhere, all year round.”
The Wardoper’s display won the 2017 Synergy Xmas Lights Trail People’s Choice Award and will again join hundreds of WA decorators on the trail this year.
Kelley Yeats, Marketing Manager of Synergy, said the organization is thrilled to be able to create an experience that connects individuals and the community to the joy of the holiday season, while raising thousands of dollars for charities such as the K9 Dog Rescue Group.
“Through the Synergy Xmas Lights Trail website, decorators can name their favorite charitable cause,” she said.
“Synergy continues to support Lifeline WA and we encourage decorators to nominate a cause close to their hearts.
“This is our fourth year working with Lifeline WA as we recognize the importance of this cause, especially during the holiday season, which is the busiest time of the year for Lifeline. Our support enables more crisis support volunteers to be trained.
Homes around Perth and WA, no matter the size of their display, are invited to sign up to be part of the trail and welcome visitors to their display of lights.
The Synergy Xmas Lights Trail lights up starting December 1 around WA.
Mrs. Kartesz-Wardroper’s home at 8 Meadow Springs Drive will be lit nightly during the month of December.