It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas in 1000 Hills with community spirited families defying Escom’s bah-humbug attitude and pimping up their homes with joyous, happy and quirky outdoor decorative lights.
Over this long weekend, there are homes in the greater 1000 Hills area that will be turning on their lights and inviting their neighbours to come and take a peak.
After another challenging year, families who put so much energy, time, cost, creativity and temerity in decorating their homes and verges as a civic gesture of seasonal goodwill, should be enthusiastically applauded. Their grace and generosity will be appreciated by the dozens of families who will be spending evenings, treasure hunt style, driving through the suburbs to look for the lights to enjoy and admire.
Why not make an evening of it, and include in your family outing, a light supper, or take-outs to enjoy while viewing the lights. Or, at the end of an evening, as a real treat, pop into any one of the dozens of eateries and restaurants for some post-sight-seeing desserts and coffees.
See Upper Highway is revealing homes on their FB page – starting with the Burton family who open their home, corner Umtata and Niagara Drive, Waterfall. They are fund raising for The Elderly Voice old age home – so donations and toiletries are welcome and can be dropped off with the Burtons. Father Christmas will be at the gate handing out sweets. There are tables selling Christmas décor and edibles – so bring cash for that. They also have a post box with letters to Santa.
16 Lahle Crescent, Waterfall is lit up and ready to welcome guests until 24 December. Entrance is free; however donations in the form of cash, food or dog treats are welcome and will be donated to Friends of K9 Trust who sterilise dogs in impoverished areas to mange over-breeding. Children can also post letters to Santa, whisper their secrets to the Special Christmas tree and enjoy a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere.
Homes to View
In the 1000 Hills area, so far decorated homes have been spotted:
In no particular order….
Cnr Umtata / Niagara Road, Waterfall
16 Lahle Crescent, Waterfall
Kirlington entrance, Hillcrest
Abrey Road, Kloof
Maurice Nichols Road, Pinetown
Jan Smuts, Winston Park
Cotswold Downs entrance
Clifton Hill Estate entrance
Valley Road, Hillcrest
Neville Road, Gilletts
22 Valerie Road, Gillitts
MacFarlane Drive, Gillitts
Bellville Road, Kloof off Abrey Road
Leslie Road, West Riding
Gordon Road, Hatton Estates
Alexander Road, Winston Park (3 houses)
Cnr Pioneer Rd and Fairview Rd, Kloof
In many cases entrance is free, but collections are taken towards worthy charities – so please bring cash with you.
Most properties are open for viewing from now until 24 December, from 6.30 / 7pm until around 9pm nightly.
All of us, who quite simply don’t have the energy to put up trees in our own homes, are especially grateful to those who have gone the extra long mile to make us all feel a little more festive and jolly at this Christmas time. Thank you for sharing your thoughtfulness with the rest of us!!