25 Travers Drive Australind lights up for Christmas 2021

A Sloan family Christmas: Tamara Sloan with 10-month-old Charlie and five-year-old Rylee. Photo: Pip Waller
A Sloan family Christmas: Tamara Sloan with 10-month-old Charlie and five-year-old Rylee. Photo: Pip Waller

Australind resident Tamara Sloan has always loved Christmas, which led to her asking her husband Steven to put up "even just a line of lights along the gutters".

But it wasn't until the couple's first child Rylee was born, that Steven decided to install some Christmas lights on their home.

"He was never keen and then we had Rylee and he suddenly said, 'well, I might put some Christmas lights up'. I thought 'oh, well I feel unloved'," Mrs Sloan laughed.

"I know it sounds cliché but you could really see the sparkle in Steven's eye and how excited he was to put up Christmas lights for his daughter."

But Mr Sloan did more than just the initial string of lights Mrs Sloan had asked for.

Building everything himself, he kept adding lights and also added coding so that music could be played in time with the flicker of the lights.

25 Travers Drive: Visitors can tune into 107.3FM to sync their car radio with the lights. Photo: supplied

25 Travers Drive: Visitors can tune into 107.3FM to sync their car radio with the lights. Photo: supplied

Today, 25 Travers Drive in Australind features more than 23,000 lights, three large screens and a 'Merry Xmas' sign on the roof.

The year 2020 was the first in which visitors could donate to the Heartfelt foundation, in honour of the couples' niece Maya who passed away a few days after she was born.

In order for Rylee to properly understand where her cousin Maya had gone, the Sloan's explained to her that if they put more Christmas lights on the house and made them brighter, then Maya might be able to see them from heaven.

Over 20,000 lights: Features of the house include three, large screens and a 'Merry Christmas' sign on the roof. Photo: supplied

Over 20,000 lights: Features of the house include three, large screens and a 'Merry Christmas' sign on the roof. Photo: supplied

"We'll share the same message with our son, Charlie, when he's older," Mrs Sloan said.