More than 5,000 people wandered through a Christmas wonderland at the City of Gosnells’ popular Jingle All the Way event last Saturday evening.

With an interactive trail, two-hour concert, a spectacular light display, roving gingerbread men and giant Christmas characters, ‘pony reindeer’, crafts, glitter garden, snow machine, photo booth, food trucks, and a visit from Santa himself, there was plenty of festive fun to be had by all.

Mayor David Goode announced the winners of the Safe City Christmas Lights Competition, with John and Lisa Tenbokkel, from Langford Avenue in Langford, taking out the top prize of $500 for Best Private Residence, and the residents of Tahoe Close in Thornlie sharing the $1,000 Best Decorated Street prize.

“It has been a long and sometimes arduous year, so this Christmas it’s even more important to share joy, kindness and charity with our neighbours and others in our community,” Mayor Goode said.

“I’d like to congratulate the winners and thank everyone who entered the Safe City Christmas Lights Competition, for sharing the Christmas spirit with us all, and reminding us that we can shine bright even in the midst of a global pandemic.”

The Tenbokkel’s interactive Christmas universe-themed display included a scavenger hunt for visitors to enjoy, music, lasers, bubbles, an antique ornament display, inflatable characters and carefully thought-out COVID safety signage.

Other winners included:

  • Best Private Residence runner-up, $100 voucher – Elizabeth Clegg, Westfield Street, Maddington

  • Best Private Residence runner-up, $100 voucher – Kathy Sharp, Consulate Court, Thornlie

  • Best Private Residence runner-up, $100 voucher – Emma Campbell, Consulate Court, Thornlie

  • First time Entry winner, $100 voucher – Matthew Jones, Astinal Drive, Gosnells

A list of Safe City Christmas Lights entrants is available on the City’s website. Drivers are reminded to be courteous to pedestrians, other drivers and neighbours while viewing the light displays.

The Safe City Christmas Lights Competition is sponsored by Examiner Newspapers.