The spirit of Christmas illuminated the faces of residents at local aged care residence Regis Nedlands during their annual Christmas bus trip to witness the dazzling display of lights in the local community. This beloved tradition, now in its fourth year, provides residents with a unique opportunity to break from their routine and experience the magic of the festive season. 

The tradition began three years ago, just before Christmas, and has since become a highly anticipated event for residents and employees. The annual bus trip offers a chance for residents to stay up late, enjoy the city at nighttime and create cherished memories. 

The mastermind behind the display for the past 25 years—is Sue. This year’s highlight was a visit to Sue’s residence at 159 Williamson Avenue, Cloverdale, which boasts more than 30,000 lights and decorations. Sue took the time to meet and engage with the residents, answering their questions and sharing the story behind her festive tradition. 

The joy on the residents’ faces was contagious as they marvelled at the life-sized Santa’s throne, reindeer, sleigh and other festive ornaments. The magical display not only rekindled childhood memories but also brought a sense of wonder and community spirit. 

Nedlands Lifestyle Co-ordinator Liz said the bus trips are designed to foster joy and togetherness and it was clear that this year’s event was a resounding success with lasting impact. 

“It was amazing!” Liz said. “This was the first year no one fell asleep on the way back because the Christmas spirit kept everyone buzzing!” 

Throughout the journey residents expressed their joy exclaiming — “How beautiful!” and “Look at this! Look at that!” It was clear once again that Regis Nedlands successfully created a brighter and more festive atmosphere for its residents. A tradition that goes beyond a simple outing; it sparks a whirlwind of memories and brings the spirit of Christmas alive for all involved.