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Dazzling displays capture the Christmas spirit

17 December, 2020

Gunnedah Shire has once again wowed the Christmas light judges with a display guaranteed to put the community in a festive mood.

Gunnedah has a new Santa Street this year, with Silversmith Place taking the coveted title for the best neighbourhood effort from last year’s winner Kamilaroi Road.

The Christmas Lights Competition winners for 2020 are:
• Best Decorated House – 5 Sanders Place, Gunnedah
• Best Nativity Scene – 11 Thomson Place, Gunnedah
• Best Christmas Theme in a Village – 98 Furphy Road, Curlewis
• Santa Street – Silversmith Place, Gunnedah
• Judges’ Choice Award – Oaktree Retirement Village
• Best Dressed Shopfront Window – Mari-Ann Florist, Gunnedah.

These winners have been presented with Gunny Money Gift Cards.

Curlewis Progress Association also awarded a second place in Curlewis to 13 Pullaming Street and a third to 23 Poole Street.

Gunnedah Deputy Mayor Rob Hooke said people’s efforts in decorating their homes and businesses added to the spirit of Christmas in the community.

“Gunnedah has a great tradition of colourful Christmas lights,” Cr Hooke said.

“It’s wonderful to see that even in this difficult year, people have really embraced the festive season and created displays that bring a smile to the faces of children and adults. It’s a big effort, but it really does add to the joy of Christmas-time.

“Congratulations to not only the winners, but to everyone who wants to share their love of the season with a tree in the window or a wreath on the door.”

This year, Gunnedah Shire Council has also co-ordinated a Christmas lights map. To take a look before you take the family for a drive, visit Council’s Facebook page or go to


Caption: Some of the winners in the Gunnedah Shire Christmas Lights competition at the presentation.