Enter the Christmas Lights Competition

Entries Closed

Enter to win Mareeba Shire Council and The Express Newspaper’s “Light up for Christmas” Christmas Lights competition.

Mareeba Shire businesses and residents are encouraged to enter the competition and display their festive creations. There are four categories in the competition: Best Residential, Best Street, Best Business and Best Rural. Contribute to Christmas cheer and stand a chance to be awarded a cash prize of $150. The annual Christmas lights drive by has become a tradition for many families and your entry will contribute to the experience.

Enter the Augmented Reality (AR) Treasure Hunt

Enter the competition here

Council will launch a Christmas-themed augmented reality (AR) treasure hunt on Friday, 17 November 2023.

The Hunt will encourage mobile phone users to visit shops in towns across the Shire over a period of four weeks to find Christmas-themed animations. Participating businesses will have a floor decal (sticker) in their store indicating they are taking part in the competition.

Follow the instructions on the decal to film a video.  Following filming of the video, residents and visitors will be invited to publish and enter to win one of two hampers worth $500 each.  Entrants will be invited to enter through the app with a pop-up box shown when the animation concludes.

Two winners will be picked at random from the entries and will win a Christmas hamper consisting of products and vouchers from participating businesses. Winners will be selected by, Thursday, 14 December 2023. Animation period: Friday, 17 November 2023 to Wednesday, 13 December 2023.

List of participating businesses

Decorate Your Shopfront

Nominations have now closed, thank you to all the businesses who have signed up to participate.

Council invites businesses to decorate their shopfront with Christmas decorations and lights. Council has made $100 in cash available to the first seventy-five businesses to assist with the purchase of Christmas lights. In addition, participating businesses will be entered into Council’s Christmas-themed augmented reality (AR) treasure hunt. The treasure hunt is explained in section 3.

Christmas lights need to be installed by Friday, 1 December 2023.