Christmas lights competition opens in Ipswich

15 November 2023

It’s time to decorate your house, yard or business for the annual City of Ipswich Christmas Lights Competition presented by Nine News Queensland and Ipswich City Council.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said entries are now open for the competition which always attracts amazing displays ready to brighten the streets of Ipswich.

“Ipswich is a family-friendly city and many of our residents and business owners create wonderful uplifting displays delighting children and adults alike,” Mayor Harding said.

“The variety of entrant displays is always impressive, with decorations ranging from inflatable snow globes, to solar powered decorations, to lights synchronized to music and everything in between.

“Entries for the Christmas Lights Competition have opened and will close Monday 27 November, with winners announced on Friday 8 December.

“I’ll certainly be heading to view the many wonderful light displays across the city, just like I know many families across Ipswich do as part of their Christmas traditions.”

There are five competition categories this year:

  • Best Residential presented by STRUD
  • Best Business/Organisation presented by River 94.9
  • Best Street presented by Event Cinemas Springfield
  • People’s Choice presented by Choices Flooring by Mallets, Ipswich
  • Best new entry presented by Harvey Norman Booval

Community, Culture, Arts and Sport Committee Chairperson Councillor Andrew Fechner said he is looking forward to seeing this year’s entries.

“Entry for all categories is free, quick, easy and open to Ipswich residents, businesses and community organisations,” Cr Fechner said.

“Winners will share in over $8,000 worth of prizes and all entrants will have the chance to win one of four Pet Mince Direct vouchers valued at $250 each.

“The popular People’s Choice award is also back this year and voting will take place from 1 December to 4 December.”

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

The competition is a part of council’s Christmas in Ipswich program, which offers a range of family-friendly events and activations throughout November and December.

For more information on how to enter and the full Christmas in Ipswich program, visit