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by Stephanie Gropler
celebrated a major
milestone this year,
with the Fairweather
Avenue display lighting up
the faces of children for the
The exhibit began in 1984 with
reindeers and a sleigh, before
growing into Christmas Wonderland
as it is known today – a display that
stretches over 250m and includes
scenes of Bethlehem, a lolly shop
and popular cartoon characters.
Christmas Wonderland owner
Peter Mangelsdorf said he was
“amazed” by the evolution of the
“When I first started, I didn’t
expect that Christmas Wonderland
would ever grow to what it is now,”
“It is only from the support
and encouragement from the
community that Christmas
Wonderland has grown to what it
Mr Mangelsdorf said Christmas
Wonderland got under way when he
first got his hands on a jigsaw cutting
“My wife bought me a jigsaw,
so one year I put patterns that you
used to get from the Sunday Mail on
wood and cut around them and that
was it,” he said.
“ That is how I got started and I
slowly added snowmen and some
After 30 years, Mr Mangelsdorf
said it was “amazing” how much
technology had changed.
“ Those days you could only buy
the normal big coloured globes,” he
“You could only ever get fairy
lights at the big department stores.
“I have about 60 odd floodlights
on displays and I started off with all
high wattage floodlights.”
The Christmas Wonderland idea
developed when Mr Mangelsdorf
was a child.
“In America, they do big displays
and a lot more people get involved
in doing gardens up and I saw some
involvement of that through reading
a Dennis the Menace comic when I
was young,” he said.
“When I was a little kid, I always
wanted to do something like that.
“ Then I went to Adelaide to live
after school, I saw the brewery
gardens and I always thought, ‘I
could do something like that in
Mr Mangelsdorf said he had
many favourite aspects of Christmas
“I like creating things and coming
up with my own ideas and doing
things that nobody else does,” he
“I like people to appreciate and
of excitement out of it really.”
Mr Mangelsdorf said many of
the characters changed from year
“I have had different characters
that I no longer have anymore, such
as Inspector Gadget, Gumby and
Pokey and I did have The Simpsons
as well,” he said.
“I try to keep up with some of the
(current popular) kids’ characters.”
This year will see the addition
of Fireman Sam and the minions
from Despicable Me, which Mr
Mangelsdorf is expecting to be
Aside from the popular Light Up
Day, Mr Mangelsdorf said Christmas
Eve always saw an influx of visitors.
“Weekends are normally really
busy and once school finishes, it
gets busy on all nights, not only
weekends,” he said.
Christmas Wonderland has grown
so much in previous years, Mr
Mangelsdorf said he would struggle
to put a number on the amount of
lights in his display.
“I have nearly 5000 lights on my
roof,” he said.
“I would probably have 200
extension cords and 100 power
The ‘Where’s Wally?’ challenge
has been a favourite among locals
and tourists for over 15 years.
“It always gives people a
challenge,” he said.
“Over the years I have had to hide
them harder because people expect
them to be harder to find.”
It is only from
the support and
has grown to
what it has.
The man behind Christmas Wonderland, Peter Mangelsdorf, outside his Fairweather Avenue
home and one of the many displays.
The 250m Christmas display at Loxton North celebrated its 30th birthday this year. Christmas Wonderland features a range of themes and is a popular attraction for people of all ages throughout the festive season.
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