Summer, Skye, Kristina and Louis Hornell welcomed thousands of people through their Christmas Lights display during December. Photo: Sara Hollyman.

Hornell family wins for lighting up Xmas


For the Hornell family, packing down the Christmas decorations means more than just throwing out the tree and boxing up ornaments.

Louis, Kristina, Skye and Summer have spent more than a week deconstructing their Oxford St Christmas lights display, which saw thousands of visitors stream during their yard through the month of December.

Their display of lights, inflatable and dancing Santas was voted Nelson Tasman’s favourite display of 2020, winning them a two-night getaway at a Delaware Bay holiday home.

Louis says they were planning to take a 10-day family trip in their caravan once all the decorations were safely stored away but car troubles has put a stop to that.

“My truck is going to be off the road for about six weeks so we can’t take the caravan away anymore, so the kids are really excited to be able to go somewhere at all.”

Louis and his family not only opened their home to nighttime visitors but also put-on daytime showings of their inflatable display which saw local preschools and vans full of retirement village residents enjoy the festive fun.

“There were people from the retirement homes up dancing with our Santa saying they felt like they were little kids again, it was great to see them able to enjoy it,” says Kristina.

Second place was awarded to the display at 189 Annesbrook Drive, which won $100 cash.

1 Cropp Place took away a gift hamper which they chose to donate to the Nelson Women’s and Children’s Refuge.

Two members of the public also took out prizes for casting a vote.

Bronwyn Roach received $100 cash and Edward Molloy a gift hamper.

Nelson Tasman Christmas Lights organisers, the Nelson App and The Breeze, would like to thank Haven Realty’s Glenda Buschl, MTF Finance Nelson and Radio World Nelson for donating the prizes, along with the ten display homes for putting in such a huge effort to spread Christmas cheer.