News

Brightening up Mackay

ALL LIT UP: Dawn Mansfield’s Bernborough Ave display won the Efficient Lighting section in last year’s competition.
ALL LIT UP: Dawn Mansfield’s Bernborough Ave display won the Efficient Lighting section in last year’s competition. Lee Constable

CHRISTMAS lights have a way of brightening up the holiday season.

Flashing green Christmas trees, fat red Santas in sleighs and cute reindeer can really bring out the holiday spirit.

Every December people drive through the city to find magical displays of lighting and stop and stare in awe at the scenes created on and around people's homes and businesses.

There are plenty of prizes to be won in this year's Mackay Regional Lights Competition, including a $500 cash prize for the Daily Mercury's People's Choice Award for the best private home light scene.

Businesses are also joining in the fun to be in the running for a Daily Mercury advertising campaign worth $10,000, a $5000 SeaFM Radio campaign and a SeaFM Christmas Spirit Prize.

Daily Mercury promotions and marketing co-ordinator Nicole Reekie said the community really got involved in the competition.

"It's good to be involved," Ms Reekie said.

Entry into the Mackay Regional Lights competition closed yesterday, Ms Reekie said, and now it was time for people to drive around and pick their favourite.

A list of homes and businesses that have entered the competition can be found on Page 44 of today's paper.

Readers also have a chance to win $500 in the Reader's Choice category.

To vote, all you have to do is fill out the nomination form (also on Page 44).

Put it in an envelope labelled "Mackay Regional Lights Competition" and post it to PO Box 5666, MMC, 4741; or drop it to Mercury House, 38-40 Wellington St, Mackay.

People are also being encouraged to switch on their Christmas lights only between 6.30pm and 10.30pm.

ON THE BUS

  •  Christmas Lights competition bus tickets will be on sale from Monday, December 3
  •  Cost is $15/adults, $10/children, $45 a family of four
  •  The buses will leave from the Daily Mercury building at 6.45pm on December 10, 11, 12 and 13 and return at 10.30pm.

Topics:  christmas lights


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

One scary man ladies don't want to date

HE'S made women fall in love with him, then he reveals his dark side

Biloela CBD drainage upgrade in the works

An artist impression of the shade structure that will replace the trees along Kariboe St.

Upgrade to alleviate Biloela CBD storm water flooding

65 years of marriage

Irene and George Burrow with photos from their wedding day 65 years ago.

The couple never thought they would get that far

Local Partners

Music festival heading for Biloela

Festival to ramp up the local entertainment scene

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

Star Wars' 1977 Stormtrooper head banger confesses

A Stormtrooper is responsible for the biggest blunder in a Star Wars movie. Picture: Supplied

Man in most famous blooper in Star Wars history breaks silence

Long way for goat show

HOBBY: Torino Brodie travelled from Charters Towers to show goats at the Callide Valley Show.

Plenty of goats on show

Lyn's knock-out show gets her to next round on The Voice

ONWARDS AND UPWARDS: Lyn Bowtell is through to the battle rounds on The Voice.

'It was bitter sweet to win like that'

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!