Lights of Lobethal, Bill & Peg's, Christmas Lights Display,
5 Christmas Lane, Lobethal, Australia, Lobethal Christmas Lights


DUE TO DISASTRUS BUSHFIRES OUR 2019 CHRISTMAS LIGHTS DISPLAY
WAS CLOSED FROM FRIDAY 20th DECEMBER



Christmas is the Time of Year When Heaven Touches Earth (Anon.)






December 20th



Photos taken from our home.


5 Christmas Lane, Lobethal,
SA, Australia


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Our thanks goes out to the CFS and volunteers for their effort which saved our town, however, sadly, some homes were lost.
We were fortunate as we did not suffer any major damage, but many friends lost homes or had property damage.
Later, as the smoke began to clear we had some beautiful sunsets.

Photos Peg & Bill's collection - 2019


The Cudlee Creek fire was declared an emergency disaster as Country Fire Service crews continue to battle flare-ups ahead of deteriorating weather conditions.
As at 23/12/2019 the number of houses destroyed by the fire was 87, along with almost 500 other buildings and 278 vehicles and these number are likely to increase as the fire is still uncontained (24/12/2019).
Agricultural losses are also mounting with about 1100 hectares of vineyards thought destroyed or damaged, equal to about one-third of the area’s grape production.
The industry’s potential damage bill is expected to be in excess of $100 million.

Starting in Cudlee Creek on Friday, the flames tore a path of destruction through Lobethal, Woodside, Lenswood, Charleston, Harrogate and nearly everything in between before being halted near Mt Torrens, more than 13km away.

As I am updating this page 11:00AM (24/12/2019) I am hearing more sirens from fire units passing through Lobethal on their way to the fire - Currently there are 60 units at the fire, earlier there were 74 units and 2 aircraft.






Bushfire Map
MAP OF THE BUSHFIRE AREA (24/12/2019)





Update 26/12/2019
We turned our display off after the fire out of respect to those that had suffered, but,
after talking to several people who had been affected by the bushfires,
we decided to turn the lights back on.

Some of those affected told us that seeing the display could help
to restore a little normality to their life, and provide a little relief from their suffering.

A few other homes around the town also turned their lights back on.

Update Our display returned from 8:30PM to 10:30PM until 29th Dec.,
however, had to close again on Dec. 30th due to it being declared another catastrophic fire danger day.


HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL, Peg & Bill



5 Christmas Lane, Lobethal,
SA, Australia


Santa's Retreat
Our SANTA'S RETREAT SIGN.
We named our display "Santa's Retreat" many years ago,
and erected this new sign in 2017.
Photo Peg & Bill's collection - Circa 2017




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Photos of our Christmas Lights Display

Photo Christmas Lane Lights Display


SANTA'S RETREAT, 5 Christmas Lane, Lobethal, SA Australia.

(Photo Peg & Bill's collection Circa 2017)


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SANTA'S RETREAT, 5 Christmas Lane, Lobethal, SA Australia.

(Photo Peg & Bill's collection Circa 2018)

Video of our 2019 Christmas Lights Display

It was fortunate that I took a video of our 2019 display earlier than usual.
This will always be a favourite video of ours as it brings back good memories
of an extremely difficult, and stressful, time.
We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

[ N.B. The following link takes you to the You Tube site.
Click back on your browser to return to this page,
Bill]

Click here
Our 2019 Christmas Lane
Lights Display.

to view a video clip of our Display 2019

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Photo Christmas Lane Lights Display


SANTA'S RETREAT, 5 Christmas Lane, Lobethal, SA Australia.

(Photo Peg & Bill's collection Circa 2017)


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Christmas is the Time of Year When Heaven Touches Earth (Anon.)

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Visit Lobethal for the largest Christmas Lights Festival in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Lobethal Christmas Lights Festival runs from the second Sunday in December (Dec. 10th 2017) until Dec. 30th. Bill & Peg

We live in Lobethal, South Australia, a small village in the picturesque Adelaide Hills, about 40k South East of Adelaide, SA, AUSTRALIA, and began our Christmas Display in 1983 with a single strand of festoon lights. In 1986 we decided that we should "do a little more" so we began designing and adding more features. By the mid 1990's the display covered about 1 acre and it was estimated that over 100,000 people actually entered our property each year for a close up view.
In 2008, due to ill-health and the time and commitment that it took, we decided that we could no longer continue presenting our display.
However by 2012, our health had improved so we decided that we would put up a few lights, just for ourselves and family but not open the property to the public.
However this was not to be; Peg & I both suffer from that shocking disease "Christmaslightous" a terrible condition that makes you have to continue putting up lights once you start! In just 6 days our front yard was again transformed into a magical light display (although much smaller than it was in previous years), and our windows again opened up to reveal more Christmas magic, and we decided that we should again open to the public to allow them to enjoy it with us.
This proved to be a very rewarding experience as we were amazed at the number of people that welcomed us "back" and said how much they had missed us.
In 2013 we increased the size of the display and decided that we should continue as an annual event.




Christmas Lane sign We subdivided our property and in February 2014 we received notification from the Adelaide Hills Council that they had named our driveway, which is now a private road, CHRISTMAS LANE. We feel very honoured to have this recognition.
Whenever we tell people that our new address is
5 Christmas Lane
it brings a smile to their face.

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The tradition of Lobethal's Christmas Lights began in the 1940's when a few business men hand painted globes to decorate their Main Street shops for the Christmas season. This tradition spread and today about 80% of all homes and business in the village "light up" for Christmas with a variety of spectacular displays.

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The Lobethal Christmas Lights Festival has become the largest Christmas Light display in South Australia, and possibly the largest community Christmas event in Australia. The Festival runs from the second Sunday of December until New Years Eve each year. During The Festival there are a variety of stalls, events, live entertainment and a market to add to the spirit of the Festival.

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When we moved to Lobethal in December 1983 we followed the towns tradition of having a few lights for Christmas by putting up a single strand of festoon lights
Peg had grown up in Cudlee Creek, just a few kilometres down the road, and had many fond memories of coming to Lobethal to see the lights as a child .
In 1986 we decided that we should do a bit more, so each year until 2008 we added to our display until it covered about one and a half acres.

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Our display became our passion and we spend about 6 months each year working on it. During the year we designed and made new display items as well as maintaining the old ones. We usually start erecting the display in October so as it will be ready by the beginning of December. Our display runs throughout December and, after a short break, we begin packing it up early in the New Year.

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Christmas Room Child's bedroom For Christmas 1995 we added a new feature, a Christmas Room, which contains "all things Christmas", including Christmas Collectables, decorated Christmas Trees and other Christmas decorations. Many of these have been made by Peg, and others have been made by friends who share our passion for Christmas.
Although not open to the public, The Christmas Room can be viewed through large windows.
In Christmas 2003 we added more Window Displays, then, in 2005 we included a Child's Bedroom Christmas Display for viewing.

[ N.B. The following link takes you to the You Tube site.
Click back on your browser to return to this page, Bill]

Click here
Our Inside Displays 2015

to view a video clip of our Inside Displays 2015

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As lights became more readily available the towns display grew and in the mid 1990's it was estimated that up to 250,000 people visited Lobethal's Christmas Lights Festival each year, and about 100,000 actually entered our property for close up view of our display.

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Each year we were asked the question ...
"How many lights are there?"
We believe that in 2007 we achieved our aim of reaching 100,000 lights. However now that we do a smaller display we think that there are more than 50,000 lights.
For more questions visit our FAQ Page.

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Photo visitors book.
During the display we have visitors books for our guests to sign,
and have had between 3,000 and 4,500 entries with visitors from as many as 35 different countries (in a single year),
as well as all Australian States and Territories.

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Photo Noel Many people ask why we have a Noël sign.

Since our surname is of French origin, we thought that it would be nice to add a French touch to our display.

Joyeux Noël.
(Merry Christmas)



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