LIT UP: Tyler, Tom, Paige and Mason Amell on judging night of the 2019 Chinchilla Christmas Light Competition. Pic: Peta McEachern
LIT UP: Tyler, Tom, Paige and Mason Amell on judging night of the 2019 Chinchilla Christmas Light Competition. Pic: Peta McEachern

It’s a fair dinkum display

FOR the fourth year in a row 12 Pilkington St in Chinchilla has come alive with Christmas spirit, but this year the Amell family has added Aussie flair, with a kangaroo-led sleigh.

Entering the Chinchilla Christmas Light Competition this year and winning an impressive third place, Page Amell and her husband Tom have put months of hard work into the colourful display, which eventually grew into something bigger than they imagined.

AUSSIE CHRISSY: 12 Pilkington St placed third for Chinchilla Christmas lights 2019 Competition. Pic:Peta McEachern
AUSSIE CHRISSY: 12 Pilkington St placed third for Chinchilla Christmas lights 2019 Competition. Pic:Peta McEachern

“Five months ago, we started cutting out the sleigh and it just snowballed from there,” Mrs Amell said.

“My biggest achievement is the sleigh with the kangaroos, that’s probably the one thing I envisioned for this year’s

display and it’s come out amazing,

“It’s more than I thought it could ever be this year… onwards and upwards for next year.”

Mrs Amell said lighting up the house is a great way to celebrate the festive season.

“We love Christmas, we have two little boys so we mostly do it for them and the kids that come past,” Mrs Amell said.

“We do it for joy more than anything.

“You go down the street and you hear people talking, ‘oh did you see Pilkington St? And you’re just like ‘oh that’s me!’ It makes you feel really nice.”

SANTAS LITTLE HELPERS: Mason, and Tyler Amell in Santas sleigh. Pic: Peta McEachern
SANTAS LITTLE HELPERS: Mason, and Tyler Amell in Santas sleigh. Pic: Peta McEachern

Windy conditions however have presented new challenges for the Amell family, with parts of their display ending up down the street.

“This year has probably been the worst year for wind, it’s pretty rough,” Mrs Amell said.

“The wind on Sunday night absolutely killed us, we had one set of lights snap in half, we’ve had three inflatables taken down, so we’ve had to shuffle some things around.

“It’s not worth putting the inflatables back up, they’re too expensive to repair, and they become a danger to others.”

Mrs Amell said the light display wouldn’t have been possible without her life partner Tom Amell, who has gone above and beyond to make it happen.

“He’s built everything…

it all comes down to him, I just have the idea and he makes it happen,” she said.