Ken is the king of Xmas lights

December 19, 2017

Rochester's Ken Hocking with his Christmas display.

KEN Hocking has done it again.

The Baynes St resident began putting up his annual Christmas lights display in October and he’s still hard at it applying the finishing touches.

This is the 12th year Mr Hocking has organised the display at his home and it continues to attract more than 10,000 amazed onlookers each December.

‘‘Sometimes I feel like I’ve created a monster,’’ he laughed.

‘‘It’s getting challenging. I’m running out of room between all the animals, the sleds and all the stuff I keep adding.

‘‘I’m definitely not sick of it, but it is tiring and there is so much work involved.’’

The bulb count for this year is already up to 62,000, its most ever, while a life-size sleigh, complete with nine reindeer, is a new addition in which visitors can take photos.

‘‘I just love the joy it gives to so many people,’’ Mr Hocking said.

‘‘It seems like there are less people doing Christmas displays in the area, but I plan on doing this for as long as I can.’’

The display can be seen from the street, but Mr Hocking urged visitors to get out of their cars and check the large range of attractions inside his shed.

As usual, thousands of lolly bags will be handed out to children.

The decorations can be seen after 8pm each night at 99 Baynes St, Rochester.

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