Rudolph app lights the way to Gauteng's best festively decorated homes

23 December 2018 - 00:01 By ALEX PATRICK
A house on Appelblaar Avenue in Randpark Ridge, Randburg, has a massive colourful light display.
A house on Appelblaar Avenue in Randpark Ridge, Randburg, has a massive colourful light display.
Image: Alex Patrick

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer might not survive the heat at the southern tip of Africa, but he has lent his name to an app that guides Christmas elves to some of Gauteng's best festively decorated homes.

The app was developed by Leigh Smith from Roodepoort in western Johannesburg, who visited light displays with his family throughout his childhood. "Then, all of a sudden, there were no more displays in town," said Smith.

Now Rudolph's Light Scout guides its users along routes in Roodepoort, the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, Krugersdorp and Alberton.

"We started with 12 homes and currently have 45 homes on display," said Smith, whose own light display in Wilgeheuwel is on the northern route.

"Last night we had a group of around 30 people singing carols outside our home, they had brought their children with and it was just such a wonderful moment," he said.

A house in Moray Drive, Bryanston, may well be the most festive home in Sandton. The driveway, verge and wall look like Father Christmas's workshop. In fact, he can be found sleeping next to the wooden home built for him on the verge.

Smith also recommends the Light Land display in Vermooten Street, Brackenhurst, Alberton. "This is the biggest display by far and is way bigger this year. It's a very cool experience."


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