A guide to where to find all the top Christmas lights and the best decorated streets on the Gold Coast.'Tis the season to be jolly, and as 2013 comes to a close, the annual Gold Coast Christmas Lights competition is once again taking place, with only the most festive of entrants looking to come out on top – and providing a great chance for families with kids to take the little ones for a drive and see some of these festive, gaudily-lit houses up close.
All entrants are judged based on a variety of criteria from visual appeal all the way through to safety and energy-efficiency with keeping up with modern times. Prizes are also offered for the winners, and many of the entrants are established competition entrants who put a ton of effort getting into the proceedings and putting together displays that would make old Saint Nick shed a tear of admiration.
Many of the major suburbs throughout the Gold Coast have Christmas lights, although most of the top houses are clustered in various locations which can make taking the kids to see a bunch of them in a single night a feasible task. Each of the following suburbs on the Gold Coast have Christmas Lights competition entrants at the below locations:
Four houses with entrants in the Christmas Lights competition can be found in Ashmore, all of them residential, with displays in Cotlew Street, Kangaroo Crescent, and Tyalla Drive.
Burleigh Waters also has four entrants – all of them residential houses – located in the streets Montezuma Drive and Dipper Drive.
Ormeau has three first-time entries that are taking part in the contest along with one repeat contender, located in Gawain Drive, Lynbrook Avenue, Oliverale Street and Ormeau Ridge.
“Pac Pines” as it is known to locals has three entrants – two established contenders along with one first-timer – located in Beaumont Crescent, Inman Court, and Midway Terrace.
Always one of the strongest suburbs in the Christmas Lights competition, Robina again has four entrants – one previous contender alongside two-first time decorators and a commercial participant as well. The displays can be found in Acorn Lane, Breakwater Road, Corvus Way and Rigel Court.
Southport boasts three Gold Coast Christmas Lights entrants, two of which are commercial and one residential. They can be found in Eugaree Street, Ferry Road and Young Street.
Easily the strongest contender in terms of suburbs displaying Christmas lights, Upper Coomera is home to a whopping ten entrants in this year's competition – all of which are residential with a mix of established participants and multiple first-time entries as well. You can find displays in the following locations: Annabelle Crescent, Candlebark Circuit, Glentree Avenue, Merton Drive, Morgan Court, Prewett Street, Sundew Crescent, Starush Court, and The Landings.
Varsity Lakes has a centralised section for displays, centered around the streets of Clematis Court and Gerona Circuit.
A full breakdown of each street containing Christmas lights entrants on the Gold Coast can be found below (courtesy of the Gold Coast City Council):
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As listed in the image above, in addition to all of these suburbs with multiple Christmas lights displays, there are also singular entrants and great displays that may not be participating in the competition in plenty of other locations as well, including Arundel, Currumbin, Coomera, Helensvale, Mudgeeraba, Tugun and many others - so simply hop in your car and explore!
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