Where are the best Christmas lights?

JONO GALUSZKA
Last updated 05:00 13/12/2012
Aaron hickmott - Christmas lights
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Aaron Hickmott begins the yearly ritual of installing Christmas lights on the family home in Featherston Street.

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Thirty Manawatu properties will be shining brightly after dark in an effort to win the title of best Christmas lights display.

Palmerston North, Feilding, Bulls and Foxton residents who entered this year’s Professionals Light Up Christmas competition are required to get in the festive spirit by adorning their homes, businesses and schools with as many lights and decorations as possible.

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Mike and Penny Owen, who live in Surry Cres in Palmerston North, won last year’s competition but had not entered this year.

‘‘This is the year we get to enjoy everyone else’s lights,’’ Mr Owen said.

He said extravagant and simple displays both had their place, but originality would be key for those wanting to win.

‘‘You need to do something a bit different from everyone else.

‘‘But really, those with only a few strings of lights are cool as well.’’

A trip around the city to see the lights was a great opportunity for the community to get together.

‘‘The lights really are secondary to catching up with everyone and spending time together.

‘‘It’s always fun and always a pleasure to share the lights with people.’’

Organiser Derryn Hughes, from Professionals, said the competition, which has been run for 13 years in Manawatu, was always well-supported.

Three judges will decide the top displays.

First prize is a trip to Makoura Lodge in the Ruahine Range, while second prize is a package deal at Hotel Coachman.

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- Manawatu Standard

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