- A Cape Town home is turning heads with its festive season light display.
- Rick van der Galien and his fiancé decorated their Brackenfell home using some 3.2km in lights – to lighten the mood after a tough year.
- Van der Galien said the home attracts on average 300 visitors per night.
A Cape Town home is turning heads and warming hearts, thanks to its colourful Christmas light display.
Owner Rick van der Galien and his fiancé, Paulo Rodrigues, first began transforming their home in 2019 and decided to continue the tradition in 2020.
"We love Christmas, it is the best time of the year," Van der Galien told News24. The home, located in Brackenfell, is decked out in some 3.2km of lights and has attracted many curious eyes.
"Ever since it went viral on social media, things have been crazy," he said.
The house is open for viewing to the public and Van der Galien said they average around 300 visitors a night – more than double the number of visitors from the previous year.
Amid the pandemic they've put standard Covid-19 measures in place to keep the public safe.
"We require people to wear a mask and sanitise," he explained.
Decorating the house with all the lights took about two weeks, Van der Galien said.
"We've gone through about 5 000 cable ties."
Surprisingly, Van der Galien told News24, the electricity bill isn't high as all the lights are LED.
"We use about 20 units a day," he said.
The spirit of Christmas
For Van der Galien and his family, the purpose of the display has been to lighten the mood after a tough year.
"It takes your mind off the things we've been through this year."
The house will remain open to the public between 20:00 and 23:00 until the end of the festive season. No entrance fee is charged, but members of the public are, however, asked to make donations. These are distributed to animal shelters.
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