Central Highlands community sparkles with light displays

BRIGHT CHRISTMAS: Residents are stepping up their Christmas light displays this year.
BRIGHT CHRISTMAS: Residents are stepping up their Christmas light displays this year. Kaitlyn Gutzke Emelights

EMERALD streets are glowing as residents get into the Christmas spirit by decking their homes with lights.

Streets are getting constant evening traffic flow as families drive around the Central Highlands searching for houses, or even entire neighbourhood's like Saville St, exploding in colour and lights.

With the usual displays including blow-up Santa Claus', blinking trees and stars, and reindeers running across roofs, residents have stepped their Christmas light displays up a level.

This year Christmas light displays have become much more tech-savvy, with laser lights reflecting on the front of homes, as well as computerised displays which flash along to music played. With 18 entrants from Emerald, 10 from Springsure, seven in Blackwater, as well as three entrants from Bauhinia, two in Duaringa and one in Rubyvale, Central Highlanders have been cruising the region as streets are lit up for Christmas.

Entrants in the competition will receive early Christmas presents from Emerald Mitre 10.

Each entrant will receive a $50 gift card from the store to thank them for their efforts.

Emerald Mitre 10 CEO Justin Benjamin said he was delighted to help.

"Times are a bit tough all around, but it is during the tough times that community events like this are so important," Mr Benjamin said.

"The Christmas lights are an act of love by families for their communities.

"They make everyone feel happy and they make special memories for the children to look back on.

"I'm very pleased that everyone who has put time and effort into their Christmas lights display will receive this thank you."

The winners of the 2012 Light Up Our Town competition will be announced at the Emerald Rotary Carols by Candlelight on Sunday from 5pm at the Emerald Showgrounds.

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