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Christmas Lights Competition to spark festive spirit

14 November, 2022

It’s time to light up Gunnedah’s streets for the annual Christmas Lights Competition.

The Gunnedah Shire Council Christmas Lights Competition is an opportunity for locals to be rewarded for their creative flair ahead of the festive season, and all residents and businesses are invited to participate.

Christmas lights and displays will be judged and awarded prizes under six categories, including:

  • Best Decorated House - $200 Gunny Money Gift Card,
  • Best Nativity Scene - $50 Gunny Money Gift Card,
  • Best Christmas Theme in a Village - $150 Gunny Money Gift Card,
  • Santa Street – Winners Plaque and $200 Gunny Money Gift Card,
  • Judges’ Choice Award - $50 Gunny Money Gift Card,
  • Best Dressed Shopfront Window - $100 Gunny Money Gift Card.

The competition opens this Monday, 14 November. Entries close at 5pm on Friday, 9 December.

“Council’s annual Christmas Lights Competition is a great way to encourage locals to spread the festive spirit in their own neighbourhoods and it gives the community something to look forward to when the sun sets each day,” Council’s Events and Engagement Officer Madeline Buhagiar said.

“It’s also a chance for Gunnedah’s businesses to dress up their shop windows to transform our main street into a Christmas spectacular.

“Heading out to see Christmas lights at night is a family tradition in Gunnedah and we’d love to see this continue into the future, so dust off your lights and start decorating!”

Entry forms are available at and hard copies can be collected from the Gunnedah Shire Council’s Administration Building at 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah Shire Library or the Gunnedah Visitor Information Centre.

Completed nomination forms can be submitted to Gunnedah Shire Council by emailing, in person at 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah or by posting to PO Box 63, Gunnedah, NSW 2380.

Caption: Gunnedah residents and businesses are encouraged to start planning their Christmas displays for the annual competition.


For more information, contact Gunnedah Shire Council’s Communications team on (02) 6740 2100.