It's almost time to light the lights

EACH year the shimmer and twinkle of Christmas lights appear on the homes of Parramatta and Holroyd.

The Cutajar family, of Northmead, take that extra step to spread Christmas cheer to the community with their Christmas lights.

They have put on a Christmas lights spectacle for more than seven years — drawing huge crowds and raising thousands of dollars for charity.

In September, Angelo Cutajar begins decorating his home with thousands of Christmas lights and decorations, creating intricate arrangements and styles.

In December, when his Christmas masterpiece is finally completed, he switches on his lights for all who pass by or visit the well-known house at 24 Grasmere Avenue.

The Cutajars use the lights to draw locals and Christmas light enthusiasts to their home to raise funds for the children's charity Ronald McDonald House.

They started with a small bucket and now use a giant beer keg as a money box. Last year they raised $5000. This year's target is $6000. "It's like a big street party," Mr Cutajar said. "Lots of kids running around and having fun."

View the lights on Saturday, December 14 and Tuesday, December 24. There will be a barbecue and raffle from 8pm. On sale will be sausage sizzles, steak sandwiches, pastizzis, coffee and soft drinks. A local band and choir will perform and Santa will visit.

■ Details: 24 Grasmere Avenue, Northmead.

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