Tea Gardens Lions Christmas Lights Festival soon to begin

The Santa’s Christmas Lights Planning Committee: Dylan Tennyson, Ann Hill, Amanda Sykes, Sarah Smith and Carole Richards.

CHRISTMAS will soon be all around us, as the Tea Gardens Lions’ annual Christmas Lights Festival will light up our summer nights from 1 December, and houses wishing to participate can register soon.

Always a delight to see the seasonal illuminations, the Lions Club will be offering three prizes this year, including First and Second, and a Kids’ Choice.

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“The competition is between participants’ houses in Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest, and those registered can go on a map that onlookers can use to tour the neighbourhood,” Lions member Carole Richards told NOTA.

This year, the Lions will host the Lights in two parts – the around-the-neighbourhood circuit, as well as a dedicated Lights Festival on Friday, 15 December.

“Lights should go up on 1 December, and our Judges will be out by 14 December to pick the winning displays, including the Kids’ Choice, which will be drawn at the main Festival.”

The grand Christmas Lights Festival, on 15 December, will be held in Tea Gardens Plaza, filling the parking lot outside Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Properties and the Masonic Hall, right across to the opposite shops, with special thanks to the Masons and Willie Mok for making the extended space available.

“There will be stalls, a fire engine, emergency services representatives, live music from local groups ‘Villa Voce’ and ‘Old Spice’, and even a visit by Santa, all of it happening on 15 December, and all proceeds going back to the community,” explained Ms Richards.

“The Lions’ famous BBQ will be cooking, as well as ice-cream and coffee vendors, fairy-floss and lollies, and face-painting.”

Registrations for the household Lights Competition open soon, and those wishing to participate for the prizes may register via the Facebook pages of Tea Gardens Lions Club or Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Properties, or pick up a paper registration form from Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Properties in-person.

The Festival will be a pet-free and alcohol-free zone, and visitors are enraged to bring cash, thanks to spotty reception.

By Thomas O’KEEFE

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