Igniting the Christmas spirit one home at a time

Published on 30 October 2020

Burwood Christmas Lights Competition

After experiencing such a dark and challenging year, it’s time to switch on the lights. Share the Christmas spirit with Burwood Council’s Christmas Lights Competition by decorating the outside of your homes and add to the area’s festive atmosphere.

Not only will you be displaying your creative lighting talent to the neighbourhood but there’s $$$$ in shopping vouchers to win across three categories:

Judges Choice (Mayor Faker and Deputy Mayor Chan) - $500 shopping voucher
People’s Choice (popular vote) - $500 shopping voucher
Two Encouragement Awards (judged by prize sponsors Burwood Plaza) - $150 shopping voucher each

Properties participating will be promoted in a public display trail on this website.
Entering the competition is simple.

Step 1. Enter your home or apartment 
Online registration is open from Sunday 15 November and closes midnight Sunday 6 December. You don’t need your decorations up to register but you need to have them ready to judge from 7 December.

Step 2. Get decorating. Judging will take place between 8.30pm and 11pm from Monday, 7 December until Sunday 13 December. People’s Choice voting will commence @burwoodcouncil from Monday 14 December to Sunday 20 December. Entrants are encouraged to have their display up until Tuesday, 26 December.

Points will be awarded for appeal, originality, variety and overall presentation, while the People’s Choice prize will go to the property with the most Facebook votes. 


Registration Form

Online registration is open from Monday 15 November and closes midnight Sunday 6 December. You don’t need your decorations up to register but you must commit to having them ready to judge from 7 December.

 Registration Form 



Terms and Conditions

Entry is free but only available to residents or business situated in the Burwood Local Government Area.

Only a completed form together with acceptance of competition terms and conditions will be considered as a legitimate entry. The form is available on Burwood Council Website.

Judging and photographing will occur from Monday 7 December to Monday 14 December from 8.30pm to 11.00pm. Entrants must ensure to have their display ready to be judged.

Judging of an entrant will only apply to exterior displays, and will be assessed from the front of the property.

Judging is conducted through points awarded for appeal, originality, variety and overall presentation. The judges’ decision shall be final and no further correspondence shall be considered.

Entrants agree to have their names and street disclosed to media and marketing channels for marketing, judging and publicity purposes.

Entrants agree to have their property photographed for judging and publicity purposes.

Entrants accept responsibility for the safety of their property with issues pertaining but not limited to: electricity, pedestrians, equipment, decorations, damage and insurance.

Entrants must consider the impact of their display in relation to safety and security of their property, vehicular and pedestrian traffic and must plan to ensure that any risks are minimised. The security of all aspects of the display is the sole responsibility of the entrant.

The misuse of electricity can cause injury or death. Entrants must not use any indoor lighting products outdoors and must comply with the safety instructions on all electrical products used. Electrical safety is paramount and must be exercised at all times. Misuse of electricity could lead to your disqualification from the competition.

Burwood Council and sponsors of this competition will accept no liability for any consequences such as  damage, injury or theft arising out of entry to the competition or prizes accepted by entrants.

Charity collection boxes are prohibited unless a letter of authority from a registered charity is obtained and prominently displayed. Collections for personal gain of the entrant are strictly prohibited and will lead to disqualification from the competition.

Entrants are not to use the footpath, electrical poles or any property outside their boundary for any purpose of their display. Rental properties should seek written permission from their landlords before considering their display.

Failure to comply with the Terms and Conditions of Entry may lead to cancellation of entry and withdrawal of prizes.

The personal information supplied on the entry form is collected by Burwood Council for the purpose of processing entry to the Christmas Lights Competition and will be stored securely on Council’s Electronic Management System. At any time you have the right to access, view or correct the personal information you have provided.

 Please also note that information supplied as part of this competition may be the subject of a request to access information under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 [GIPAA].