Gold Coast revamps X-mas light competition

THE Gold Coast today announced a major revamp to its much-loved Christmas Lights Competition, now in its 22nd year.

Mayor Tom Tate officially launched the competition today at the Tugun home of the 2013 competition Grand Champions, Leanne and Graham O’Hara.

In previous years, a judging panel chose the Competition winners but Mayor Tom Tate said the community will decide in 2014.


“The Christmas light displays bring so much joy to people of all ages in our city, so who better to pick the winners than Gold Coasters,” said the Mayor.

Residents will be able to vote for their favourite displays via SMS, with voters going in the draw to win a $500 Coles Myer gift card.

The Mayor said the annual Christmas Lights Competition, presented by Frosty Boy, is a great way to bring local residents together and the new voting system will ensure more people can be involved.

“The new voting method gives people the opportunity to say thanks to the dozens of residents who take time to create a bit of Christmas magic right across the Gold Coast” he said.

This year’s categories are residential display, first year entry, single feature (e.g. tree, window), and non-residential display. All entrants are eligible for the Grand Champion prize.

Entrants may wish to consider visual appeal, uniqueness, overall impact, variety of decorations used, energy efficient and environmentally friendly options when creating their displays.

Each entrant will be allocated a unique code to display at their property.

From December 1 to 17, the public will be able to SMS the code that corresponds to their favourite display along with their full name, address, state and post code to 1997 6699, SMS cost $0.55 (incl GST).

Entrants can register online now at

Submissions close on Monday 24 November.

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