Lighting up Fish Hoek

Christmas-lights display in Matthew Haines’ home in Fish Hoek.

Matthew Haines is spreading the Christmas cheer and lighting up Fish Hoek again this year with his Christmas-lights display in Lady Grey Street.

Mr Haines and his wife, Emily, have been decorating their house for the past four years, and each year it is “bigger and better.” The display is changed every year, and more lights are added. There were 90 000 lights last year. Now there are 105 000.

“I love doing this every year,” Mr Haines said.

“It gives me great joy to spread the Christmas cheer and to see children’s faces light up when they see it.”

The couple ask no donations to view the display but gladly accept any for a charity of their choice each year. The Emma Animal Rescue Society (TEARS) was the beneficiary for the past two years.

This year all donations will go to Living Hope to assist Masiphumelele residents who lost their homes in the fire.

The lights are switched on at 8pm and will be switched off at 10.45pm due to the new lockdown level-1 curfew.

Mr Haines said all were welcome to enter the property to view the lights as long as they wore masks and sanitised at the gate.