Deck the house with festive folly

LAUREN HAYES
Last updated 05:00 11/12/2012

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Humbugs and grinches might want to invest in sunglasses this week because the Light Up Christmas Spectacular is coming to town.

Entries for the annual contest, in which competitors decorate their house and garden with festive lights, toys and models, close this week, with a few eager residents already hanging out the tinsel.

About 16 households had entered the Professionals MacPherson Realty-sponsored event so far, but organiser Robyn Hall expected entries to reach last year's tally of 24.

"They'll start floating in a bit more in the next few days. I'm hoping that we'll get the same as last year."

Those who hesitate at buying a few tree ornaments, let alone forking out for full front-yard coverage, might flinch at the cost of decorating for the contest, but Ms Hall said many households had entered the competition in previous years, so spread the cost across several Christmases.

"They gradually build up their display over the years, I would think. I suppose [there still is] the cost of power."

But it was all for a good cause, as the competition fostered community spirit around the festive season, she said.

While spreading holiday cheer, entrants also compete for the top award of best new entry, as well as four randomly selected mystery spot prizes.

A full list of lit-up houses, including the winning displays, would be available within the next week, Ms Hall said.

Would-be decorators have until Thursday to register for the event.

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