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For most Australians, Christmas celebrations begin on Christmas Eve. But in Gold Coast, celebrations start a little earlier, starting in November with the Christmas Lights Competition.
Annually, the city is transformed into a spectacle of light and creativity as residents and local businesses put lighting displays in their homes and business premises. Starting in November, a handful of homes and businesses put on lights and as the days march on, the city and suburb streets become brighter as the displays become bigger and more imaginative.
The Christmas Lights Competition is an initiative of the Gold Coast City Council which pits neighbours against neighbours, suburbs against suburbs, all for the glory of winning the honour of having the Best Christmas Lights and winning cash prizes.
Homes and businesses that join the competition have to turn on their lights starting on the first day of December up to Christmas Eve.
For tourists staying in their , the best time to view these displays is at night. However, you have to be prepared because the streets become busier and the traffic lines a little longer. During this season, the night sky grows dark around 7 p.m.
If you are staying in a self-contained accommodation (Gold Coast) and you do not know your way around the city, the best option you can take to view the Christmas light displays is to take a bus tour offered by the Gold Coast Arts Centre. These bus tours go around the city from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tours start after the announcement of the winners early in December and usually run for a week.
On the other hand, if you are planning to drive around the city to check out the displays, you can do this by neighbourhood, allowing you to make efficient use of your time.
In Northern Gold Coast, the best places to check out are Annabelle Crescent, Glentree Avenue, Sundew Crescent and Ireland Way in Upper Coomera. Check out Starush Court if you happen to pass by Coomera. If you are in Oxenford, the best displays can be found in Hensman Park Court, Laysan Crescent, Georgina Street, Blueash Crescent, Maidenhead Court and Meadowvale Street. In Helensvale, The Peninsula, Saltwater Terrace and Glenwater Crescent have the best displays. If you are in Pacific Pines, drop by Hillary Circuit, Inman Court and Beaumont Crescent. Other good displays are located in Hocking Street, Columbus Drive and Sundown Drive.
In Central Gold Coast, be sure to check out the displays in Tyalla Drive, Kallaroo Cresent, Cotlew Street West, Eugaree Street, Mintwood Place, Sue Court, Avonbury Court, Quambone Street, Riverview Road and Ashmore Road.
In Southern Gold Coast and Hinterland, some of the best displays can be found in Oceanic Drive, Tallai Road, Clives Circuit, Currumbin Creek Road, Applecross Way, Harpullia Rise, Dipper Drive and Montezuma Drive.