Leanne Albert

Light up your life this Christmas season and win

HELP make Ipswich sparkle and participate in this year's Ipswich Christmas Lights Competition for 2015.

Ipswich City Council Community and Customer Service Committee chairperson councillor Bruce Casos said the council was joining forces again with River 94.9 FM for the annual festive tradition.

Cr Casos said entry to the competition was free and there was more than $5000 in cash and gift prizes to be won.

"Online registrations for this year's competition open on November 2 at lightupipswich.com.au and will be open to all residents, businesses and community organisations in the area.

"Entrants are judged according to artistic, visual and creative elements and we encourage all residents and local businesses to enter," he said.

This year there will be four categories including:

• Ipswich wide winner

• Best first time entrant

• People's Choice

• Best Street

"We are encouraging entrants to demonstrate unique, contemporary and individual displays especially in the nativity scene category," Cr Casos said.

"This competition provides Ipswich residents with the chance to embrace the festive spirit and shine.

"Christmas lights are a special part of the festive season for many people and attract local residents and visitors to the city.

"During the year Ipswich residents have produced many amazing displays of Christmas lights which have thrilled the community.

"Many entrants put countless hours into putting together these wonderful displays and dressing up their homes for the festive season.

"These festive displays are then enjoyed by many more people throughout the community who spend their nights leading up to Christmas touring around and looking at the special displays."

The important dates and information for this year's competition are:

• Entries open - November 2, 2015;

• Entries close - 4.30pm on November 29.

Further information on the competition guidelines is available online at http://www.lightupipswich.com

Enquiries to council on 3810 6666.

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