The Gold Coast is set to sparkle tonight when entrants in the 2014 Christmas Lights Competition officially switch on their displays.
From Ormeau Hills to Tugun, Southport to Mudgeeraba, there are 48 entrants in this year’s competition, with 12 first time entrants.
After 22 years, the competition has been revamped to allow the community to decide the winners via an SMS voting system.
Mayor Tom Tate is urging Gold Coasters to throw their support behind the competition by visiting the displays and voting for their favourite.
“The displays seem to get bigger and more creative each year so I’m excited to see what the entrants have in store for us,” said Cr Tate.
“The competition is about bringing some of that famous Christmas spirit to our city and I encourage residents to get involved by SMS voting for the best displays.”
Voters will go in the draw to win a $500 Coles Myer gift card. Each entrant has been allocated a unique code to display at their property.
From the 1st to 17th of December 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).
For those who want to leave the car at home, nightly bus tours will operate from Thursday 18 December to Wednesday 24 December, departing from The Arts Centre Gold Coast.
The winners of the competition will be announced on the evening of Monday 22 December by the Mayor at the Grand Champion’s display.
If you want to leave the car at home, have someone do the leg work for you and be sure to see some of the best displays, why not book one of the nightly bus tours operating from Thursday 18 December to Wednesday 24 December. Bus tours depart from The Arts Centre Gold Coast at 7pm.
Bookings are essential and can be made through Murrays Coaches from Friday 14 November 2014, either online at murrays.com.au (at a discounted price) or by phoning 13 22 51.
For further information and the entrants list, visit moregoldcoast.com.au/christmaslights.