Trinity Dr resident Shiralee Perin prepares her Christmas lights and decorations for the annual light-up.
Trinity Dr resident Shiralee Perin prepares her Christmas lights and decorations for the annual light-up. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

It's Goonellabah's holy Trinity

BOXES of tinsel and streams of Christmas lights are being unpacked in houses all along Goonellabah's Trinity Dr in preparation for the festive season.

For 11 months of the year Trinity Dr is like any other street on the North Coast, but this quiet neighbourhood is about to be transformed into what locals have affectionately dubbed "Santa Street".

By December 12 almost every house in Trinity Dr will be lit up with fairy lights, nativity displays and Christmas trees.

And while it may look beautiful, this level of Christmas cheer can take a lot of time and preparation.

"It's a lot of hard work, but we still love it," said Shiralee Perin as she tried to untangle a box of Christmas lights.

Ms Perin has called Trinity Dr home for 16 years and said she still loved the lights display.

"My kids have grown up now but my daughter still says she doesn't know Christmas any other way; this is what Christmas looks like for her," she said.

A few houses up the road, Val and Clyde Stuckey have already covered most of their house in Christmas lights. The couple have installed solar power and Ms Stuckey estimates the thousands of lights on her home add $25 to her power bill.

"I take six weeks holiday at this time every year to get busy putting all the stuff up," she said.

"I can't work and do the lights at the same time."

Mrs Stuckey said the Trinity Dr light display had been raising funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter since 1995.

"They stand here with buckets and people just throw money in. It could be a dollar or $10, it doesn't matter. If the weather is good they can make $1000 in a night," she said.

"So far we have made $126,000 for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. The helicopter people have told us it's one of their best fundraisers all year."



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