CHRISTMAS CARRIAGE: The horse-drawn carriage makes a stop on a tour last week.
CHRISTMAS CARRIAGE: The horse-drawn carriage makes a stop on a tour last week.

What's the best way to see the lights? By horse of course

ACCORDING to the carols, Christmas is the time for dashing in a one-horse open sleigh, but Patsy and Bill Wicks want to do twice as much.

The husband and wife who run Northern Rivers Carriage Occasions have saddled two Australian draught horses and are taking their decorated Christmas carriage around the streets of Grafton on a Christmas lights tour.

Bill is an accredited carriage driver, and together they enter in carriage-driving competition, and offer the carriage service part-time.

"We're getting our sport to pay for itself in our semi-retirement," Patsy laughed.

"It's just great. The kids on board were singing carols, people were coming out of their houses and everyone was Merry Christmas-ing and it was lovely."

The carriage will be doing tours of the Grafton lights in Westlawn on Thursday and Friday, and will hold six people (4 adults and 2 children or equivalent) for the half-hour tour.

The cost is $25 per person, and bookings are essential, and can be made through their Facebook page. If there is demand the service may run more nights.

They can be contacted on 0438 216 248, and pickups are made from the Summerland Way.



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