Light display has become a tradition in Cairns
SEVENTEEN years ago Carol and Phil Bloomfield strung up a single set of fairy lights at their Woree home.
Each year they have added a little more to their festive creation, to the point where their Theresa Close property is now one of the must-see houses for anyone doing a Christmas light tour of Cairns.
"We were going to give it away a few years ago, but now we've got two beautiful grandchildren so that's not an option," Mrs Bloomfield said.
"Over the years we've had families come by with littlies and they've grown up and now they're coming back with their own littlies.
"It just puts a smile on people's faces for Christmas."
Mr and Mrs Bloomfield spend about a month assembling the display each year.
Meanwhile, cash registers were whirring across Cairns yesterday as last minute shoppers raced against the clock to gather gifts and goodies.
Sophie Mudge and Vikas Kumar (pictured) have travelled from Weipa to be with family and were ticking off some last minute items at Cairns Central.
"There are a lot more people but it's a lot more exciting and a good energy," Ms Mudge said.
"I think people forget that Christmas is supposed to be enjoyable, when we're stressed we have to stop and remember what Christmas is about, enjoy the atmosphere and try to enjoy ourselves."
For a guide to lights, go to the Christmas Lights Around Cairns Facebook page.
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All lit up: Carol and Phil Bloomfield with their popular display at Woree. Picture: MIKE WATT