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Ken’s Christmas House open for business

By Jared Prestwidge

IT’S beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

And not just because the weather is getting hotter, the days are getting longer and the flies are getting braver.

But because Rochester’s Ken Hocking has once again opened 99-101 Baynes St for the public to enjoy through the entire month of December.

This year marks the 14th anniversary of Ken’s event, and he has made it his mission to make 2019 the biggest to date.

Rochester’s own Clark Griswold has upped his Christmas light count to more than 150 000 throughout his one-and-a-half-acre property, and will be offering free fairy floss from December 22 to 24.

He has also put togther 5000 lolly bags suitable for all ages.

And that’s the message Ken said he always wants to promote — this month is for everyone, from families and seniors to kids and young couples.

“It’s not just for kids, it’s for everyone. Everyone loves it because there’s so much to do,” he said.

“The other night I had a person with their kids here at midnight. Even this first week has been crazy.”

While this year’s numbers have been healthy so far, it’s on Christmas Eve night when Ken’s property will be buzzing with activity.

“There’s usually a couple thousand people here on Christmas Eve. You cannot move,” Ken said.

“I keep wondering what kind of monster I’ve started here but we just keep doing it because it’s so much fun.

“Make sure you get out of your cars, come into the shed and go around the corner because there’s stuff happening all the time.”

Ken’s doors will be open from 7.30pm to late at 99-101 Baynes St until December 31.