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These streets out-Christmas us all


Five of the Best Christmas Lights

A contribution from years gone by from Avoca Street, Bondi. Picture: John Appleyard

If you think your street’s got Xmas game, you may have to think again – there are neighbours banding together to out-Christmas us all when it comes to holiday spirit.

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A street popular with weekend cyclists — Everard Street — was expected to be the best place to banish Scrooge this December with Christmas spirit aplenty.

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Neighbours in 14, 16, 17, 18, 20, and 21 Everard Street, teamed up with another at 2 Gillen Close, to win the neighbourhood award for local radio station 4kq693’s recent Christmas Lights competition 2019.

But the residents have been going at it for years, with pictures going back as far as 2013 showing multiple houses putting up lights, brightening the skies and generally throwing themselves into merrymaking.

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Neighbours lighting up the night at Everard St, Westlake, in years gone by.

There are several streets that will rival them for Christmas street cred, including 23 and 25 Bonnet Parade, Mango Hill, in Brisbane’s north – runners up for the same award.

But a street in Sydney might have something to say about Brisbane’s Christmas lights, with residents going all out up and down North Bondi’s Waratah Street and Avoca St, Bondi.

Five of the Best Christmas Lights

The residents of 5 Waratah street, North Bondi, have gone all out at Christmas time for 16 years. This is a previous year’s decor. Picture: John Appleyard

House number 5 on Waratah St stands out in The Daily Telegraph’s latest NSW Christmas Lights 2019 list, which is currently being compiled.

The residents said 2019 would be their sixteenth year of putting up Xmas lights.

“There is plenty to see including snowmen, a train, a gingerbread man, sleigh and deer, a miniature English village, and lots of colourful lights. The display is raising money for CareFlight.”

Quest Community News has a comprehensive Christmas lights interactive map underway.

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