The 2013 Christmas Lights Competition is on


By Michelle Gilmore

Dust off the Christmas lights, it’s time for the coast to sparkle. There are $1500 worth of reasons to enter the 2013 Cooloola Mitre 10 and Cooloola Cove Shopping Centre Cooloola Coast Christmas Lights Competition.  

Entries open: November 1, 2013 via to residents and business owners of Rainbow Beach, Cooloola Cove, Tin Can Bay and Wallu. visit

Entries close: 5pm December 6, 2013
Judging and Lights on: 9-13 December between 7.30 pm and 9.30 pm (businesses – business hours)
Awards Presentation: Saturday December 14, Rainbow Beach Christmas Carols, Rainbow Beach Community Hall, 2013 (we’ll rotate this between the towns each year). Winners’ names will be published in the January Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News.

Entry is FREE and there is $1500 in cash or prizes to be won, across 11 awards. Creativity, and visual and artistic merit will determine winners of the following categories:

  • Cooloola Mitre 10 Best Residential (1st – $250, 2nd – $150, 3rd -$100)
  • Cooloola Cove Shopping Centre People’s Choice (1st – $250, 2nd – $150, 3rd -$100)
  • Smiley Mick Electrical Best Business (lights or window displays or both) $100
  • Rainbow Beach Meats Best Street $100 voucher
  • Rainbow Beach Realty Best Nativity Scene $100
  • Rainbow Beach IGA Best Recycled Material Display $100
  • 4 Rent 4 Sale Best Tree $100

Hosted by Rainbow Beach Cooloola Coast Community News, the website, will include a map of all the entries so families can tour and decide on their favourite. The Cooloola Cove Shopping Centre People’s Choice awards will be voted for online.

Visit FAQ (Frequently asked questions) and terms and conditions to find out more.

Please support our sponsors – Cooloola Mitre 10, Cooloola Cove Shopping Centre and Rainbow Beach IGA stock plenty of Christmas lights, and if you want an electricity safety check (highly recommended) ask for Smiley Mick Electrical. Rainbow Beach Meats will ensure the winning street has a load of snags (or chooks, pizzas or pies) for your street Christmas party. Finally Rainbow Beach Realty and 4 Rent and 4 Sale are just for you if you need to move to a more dazzling street for next year!

If anyone needs assistance with their online entry or voting both the Rainbow Beach Community Information and Resource Centre and Tin Can Bay Resource and Referral Centre help with computer training and access to internet.

In your quest to win the Cooloola Mitre 10 Best Residential, remember there are lots of options to help the environment from solar lights, lights with lower energy consumption or only turning your lights on for a couple of hours during the season.

Entry is free, so there’s nothing to lose! It needn’t be as grand as Donna’s from Carlo Point (pictured) – the best thing about the Christmas Lights displays is the wonder on children’s faces in the few weeks before the big day.

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