Christmas is not all about the bright lights, but it's a big part of the festive celebrations for a number of Whangarei homeowners who take part in the annual Barfoot and Thompson Christmas Lights Trail competition.
And after much public viewing and private judging, the winner of this year's competition is Jayne McKenzie for the outstanding display of Christmas lights at her home at 6 Memorial Drive, Riverside.
Ms McKenzie's home is covered all over in impressive Christmas lights, many of which depict traditional Christmas images such as Santa, trees and reindeer.
For several years the home has become a beacon for Christmas lights lovers and this year it also impressed the judges.
"I just love Christmas," Ms McKenzie said. She requires a shipping container-sized storage unit to store all her decorations each year until she pulls them out in November.
Ms McKenzie said inside the house was even more impressively decorated.
Second place went to Karen and Martin Nichols from 96 Fairway Drive, Kamo; third went to Dulcie Houltham at 144 Old Onerahi Rd; while highly commended were Susan Dawson and family at 30 Cairnfield Rd, Kensington.
The homes taking part in the Christmas Lights Trail are:
116 Otaika Rd, Otaika
20 McInnes Ave, Kamo
Cnr Hilltop Ave & Tikorangi Place, Morningside
96 Fairway Drive
30 Cairnfield Rd, Kensington
6 Memorial Drive, Parahaki
144 Old Onerahi Rd, Onerahi
46 Ruarangi Rd, Mangapai