20 December, 2023

Shining bright for Xmas

Storms, rain, wind and some very stiff competition made judging a challenge for the brightest and best in this year’s Somerset Regional Council Christmas Lights Competition.

2023 Christmas Lights Competition Awards Ceremony.
2023 Christmas Lights Competition Awards Ceremony.

Somerset Councillor and Christmas lights competition judge, Jason Wendt, said it was fantastic to see so many homes and businesses getting into the festive spirit and contributing to an exceptional Christmas Lights Trail across the region.

“Congratulations to this year’s winners and entrants, it is clear that all entrants put in an enormous amount of effort to create beautiful displays that have transformed Somerset into a Christmas wonderland,” Cr Wendt said.

Twenty-six entries including six new entrants were received from across the region, including Linville and Kilcoy in the north, through to Coolana and Glamorgan Vale in the south.

All entrants were invited to attend an awards ceremony, presented by Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann, at the Civic Centre on December 8.

This year’s Christmas Lights Competition was sponsored by Somerset Health and Fitness, Kilcoy Global Foods, A&M Civil, Lockyer Hire Pty Ltd, Lowood and Fernvale Community Bank, and Brown Contractors.

Cr Helen Brieschke, Cr Wendt and Christmas lights expert, Jason Beattie, judged this year’s competition and are encouraging streets to get involved next year, as there were no entries that met the competition requirements for best street this year.

Somerset Xmas light winners

  • Best Business/Community Group: Shopfront display The Central Milk Bar, 64 Mary St, KILCOY

  • Best Business/Community Group: Shopfront/additional space. Esk Caravan Park – 16 Hassall Street, ESK

  • Best Rural Display Judy and John Seppanen, 116 Voss Road, GLAMORGAN VALE Best Urban Display Kristy Hill, 29 Middle St, ESK

Encouragement award winners

  • Best Solar Display Cheryl Gersekowski, 23 Reid Avenue, WIVENHOE POCKET

  • Best First Time Entrant Katrina Hughes, 18 Stringybark Place, FERNVALE

  • Best small display 5,000 Lights Paris & Steven Brown, 57 Wendts Rd, MOUNT TARAMPA

  • Best medium display Over 5,000 and Under 10,000 Megan Tobler, 47 Sandpiper Dr, Lowood

  • Best large display over 10,000 Lights Tanya and Stephan Weatherhog, 73 Schulz Road, COOLANA

  • Encouragement Urban Display: Sharayn Bichel, 36 Settlers Rise, WOOLMAR.

More winners:

SRC Christmas Light Winner - Best Urban - 29 Middle Street.
SRC Christmas Light Winner - Best Urban - 29 Middle Street.

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