The hard workers behind the Christmas extravaganza at The Barn in the Grafton Showground are, from left, Julie Tunsted, left, W
The hard workers behind the Christmas extravaganza at The Barn in the Grafton Showground are, from left, Julie Tunsted, left, W

Lighting our Christmas

By EMMA CORNFORD

IT is amazing the way that snow does not melt in 40 degree heat -well, not in the Barn at the Grafton Showgrounds, anyway.

It must be the Christmas magic in the air, because nor do the snowmen or the icicles, and Santa remains as cloaked-up as always at the Christmas Wonderland which opens tomorrow night.

Yesterday a group of dedicated women, who eat and sleep in the Barn to set-up the breath-taking display, were putting the final touches to the Wonderland which includes around 100 decorated Christmas trees, an optical fibre display and hundreds of other animated objects and ornaments.

One of those women, Wendy Noble, said more than 8000 people visited the display last year. This year she's hoping for even bigger crowds.

"The majority of it is new this year," she said.

The Fairylight Express, a horse-drawn carriage which takes passengers on a tour of Christmas Lights displays around Grafton, will leave from the Barn ? giving families the chance for an entire evening of Christmas magic.

Christmas Wonderland will open tomorrow at 6pm. Entry is by gold coin donation.

It will run until Sunday December 18 with opening hours of 9am-10pm on the weekends, and 9-12 then 4-10pm on weekdays.

Seats on the Fairylight Express are limited and can be booked by contacting Laurie and Rachael on 0423 671 581.



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