Houses and motel bring festive shine to shire | photos

If you thought Christmas was looking extra shiny and bright in the shire this year, you’d be right.

A fantastic selection of beautifully colourful and creative Yuletide displays were entered in the annual Wollondilly Christmas Lights Competition run by Wollondilly Council.

The competition winners were announced at a special dinner last Thursday night.

Mayor Judith Hannan said she was pleased with the results of this year’s competition.

“The Christmas Lights competition is a highlight in the Wollondilly calendar with many residents driving around with their families to admire the beautiful displays across the shire,” she said.

“Christmas lights are a fun way to celebrate the Christmas season and there are some creative and inspiring entries on show this year.”

The council received 27 entries from seven different suburbs – Appin, Bargo, Picton, Wilton, Tahmoor and Silverdale.

The grand champion entrant was Wilton’s Andrew Kelly (picture on front), who also took out the ‘best lit large house and garden’ category.

Bargo’s Ken and Joy Rope picked up the ‘best novelty theme’ gong while ‘best commercial/retail premises’ went to Picton Valley Motel.

The judges also voted Wilton’s Beatty Street as the best street in the competition.

This year’s competition was judged by Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell, previous grand champion Les Harvey, councillor Matthew Deeth and councillor Michael Banasik.

See more pictures and a full listing of this year’s winners at