Chiefs players and the addition of an extra charity will start an annual Christmas light display in Tamahere.
Te Awa Lane resident Clive Hart has covered his home in lights for the past seven years, and he’ll switch on for the eighth this Saturday.
Chiefs players and their families will be along to enjoy the Christmas glow, Hart told the Waikato Times, and he’s also taken on a second charity.
Last year he used the display to support the Child Cancer Foundation, collecting gifts and donations.
Hospice Waikato’s Rainbow Place – which supports children and young people affected by a serious illness or health condition – will also benefit this year.
It takes Hart about 120 hours to put up the lights and he does it simply because he likes Christmas.
He can’t pick a favourite part of the display of about 250,000 bulbs.
“I’m a fan of coloured lights. I enjoy the whole lot.”
And because other people enjoyed it too, he decided to take on a cause.
“We thought with all the people that come out here we may as well do something for charity,” he said.
“Now that I’ve started raising money for charities it’s close to my heart … Because these families go through hell.”
And the display pulls in the punters – more than 1000 came through on one night last year, Hart said.
As well as looking from the street, people can get out and wander through the garden.
Hart just asks drivers to be wary of children hopping out to see the display.
He’s also asking visitors to make a donation to one of his charities, or bring a small, wrapped gift marked with age and gender.
Gifts must be new as they are going to sick children.
The lights at 28 Te Awa Lane will go on about 9pm Saturday, December 6 and will continue every night until December 27, weather permitting.