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Competition calls for Ipswich’s best Christmas lights display

After months of preparation the city’s merriest homes, suburbs and businesses are coming to life and brightening streets and shopping hubs for the City of Ipswich Christmas Lights Competition.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said it was fantastic to see so many homes and businesses already getting into the festive spirit with unmissable Christmas lights displays popping up across the city.

“Many Ipswich residents and business owners go to great lengths to create uplifting Christmas displays that transform streets and shopfronts into merry wonderlands,” Mayor Harding said.

“The City of Ipswich Christmas Lights Competition is now open, and over the next couple of weeks, we will see incredible displays and north pole characters coming to life in every suburb.

“It is always a heart-warming experience visiting neighbourhoods all over Ipswich and seeing the joy on people’s faces as they explore our city to enjoy countless unique Christmas displays.”

Economic and Industry Development Committee Chairperson Councillor Nicole Jonic said more than 80 homes, businesses and streets are expected to enter a festive display for the annual competition.

“By decorating our homes, yards, decks, roofs and fences we help share the season’s wonderful spirit and colour with our community and visitors to Ipswich,” Cr Jonic said.

“Across our festive city, families will be able to enjoy some of South East Queensland’s most creative and colourful Christmas lights displays in their driveways, suburbs and local shop fronts.

“There will also be Christmas Lights Tours where, after a light supper, passengers can view a selection of the best displays in air-conditioned comfort.”

Free entries for the competition close 28 November, and entrants can win a share in over $8,000 worth of cash and prizes.

Categories include Best Residential, Best Business/Organisation, Best Street, People’s Choice and Best New Entry. For tips and tricks for making your own suburban light wonderland as well as more information about the competition, visit

Online voting will open 1 to 5 December, with a full list of addresses for voting soon available on

The giant Christmas tree in d’Arcy Doyle Place is also a must see when its lights are switched on 6:45pm Friday 25 November.

Christmas in Ipswich 2022

Spectacular light installations, suburban wonderlands, fleets of merry performers and so much more are popping up across the city as part of our annual Christmas in Ipswich program.

The city’s celebrations include free events and activities from Rosewood to Redbank Plains and every community in between.

For the full program and to learn more about what festive events and activities are planned near you, visit

The Christmas Lights Competition is delivered with the support of the following partners: Nine News Queensland, Energex, River 94.9, STRUD Property, Event Cinemas Springfield, Choices Flooring by Mallets Ipswich, Harvey Norman Booval, Premier Queensland and Pocket Retreats.

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