It only takes a few lights, mixed with a little creativity, to light up a neighbourhood and bring out the smiles. With Christmas just around the corner, Gold Coasters are encouraged to enter the annual Christmas Lights competition and help spread Christmas cheer.
There are different categories for entries, including one for first timers. The call has gone out for entries, to residents, businesses and not for profit organisations to get onboard and create a visual spectacle to delight and dazzle. With the inclusion of a single feature entry, such as a window or a tree, there's a category for everyone. Stay simple or take your involvement to a whole new visual level. Grand Champion winners will have started their planning months ago. If a visual spectacle to draw oohs and ahs is right up your street then here's your opportunity to create something visually captivating.
For Gold Coast residents and holidaymakers, the best part of all this Christmas fun is driving around Gold Coast neighbourhoods to admire the Christmas creativity. If you are used to a European Christmas, these drives after dark, will have you feeling right at home, with Christmas trees in the windows and Santas, sleighs and snowmen decorating homes and gardens. It brings smiles to the faces of young and old and holds the magic of Christmas.
You can check the locations of the lights and self drive with your family or go in convoy with friends. If you want to let someone else take care of the driving and navigating, then bus tours depart from the Arts Centre Gold Coast at 7pm, nightly, from 18 Dec – Wed 24 Dec, 2014. Bookings are essential – contact Murray's Coaches – cost $18 adult, $13 age 2 – 14. Discounted rates are available if you book online - $15.50 adult, $10.50 2 – 14.
Don't forget to sms (55c) the code of your favourite display to 1997 6699 and as a thank you for your entry, you will be entered into the draw for a chance to win a $500 Coles Myer gift card voter prize. The Mayor will announce the winner on Mon 22 Dec, at the Grand Champions display. For more info, visit the City of Gold Coast website.