Christmas spirit has well and truly arrived on the Southern Gold Coast. The annual Coolangatta Christmas Carols were held on Sunday at Queen Elizabeth Park – as always, a great community event to welcome in the festive season. Tugun Lights Up has also added a magical atmosphere around town, with Christmas lights and festive window displays brightening up the Main Village. The winners of the best decorated businesses were announced on the 10th December.
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Tugun Lights Up For Christmas
Tugun Lights Up has boosted the festive cheer around town, brightening up the Main Village of Tugun with Christmas lights and festive window displays for the month of December. It kicked off with a fun family event on November 30 with Santa arriving by fire truck, markets, food stalls, and a packed Christmas Concert. Lots of families and special guests came along to make it a fun-filled evening.
The results of Tugun Lights Up have been fantastic and our beautiful summer nights have created a great atmosphere for the whole community to enjoy. It has also provided an opportunity for business owners to come together, to give residents and visitors the experience of street lights and Christmas window displays like we had as kids.
While the public judging is still to be finalised, the Tugun Progress Association community judges announced their winners on 10 December:
Winner: The Jewellery Studio – An Enchanting and Engaging Christmas Story
The Beach Café – A Subtropical Christmas
Showbiz – Santa Window Projection
Tugun Village Florist – Overall composition
Winner: Greg O’Shea for leading group efforts in promoting the sustainability messages of cycling, biodegradable materials and craftsmanship – Woollen Bike and Decorated Candy Cane Poles.
Tugun Laundrette – True Christmas Message with Minimal Materials
Winner: Building S (BP, the beauty salon, vet, florist, Good Day coffee and Primitive Surf) Allan and Salle Blenkins – Varying Lighting of Individual Façades
Building P (Tugun Fruit Market) Marion and Roger Hill – Magical Lighting of the Carpark Tree
Tugun was also home to the overall winner of Council’s city-wide Christmas lights competition. The O’Hara family won for their incredible home display at 7 Coolara St, Tugun. Get along to check it out before the end of December – it’s a must visit!
In the non-residential category, Council judges commended Tugun Progress Association and CSGC for uniting Tugun businesses to decorate their respective shop windows and buildings as part of Tugun Lights Up.
Congratulations to the Tugun business community for making this a reality. It has been a great community success story and it can only gain further traction from here.