Let’s put some sparkle back into our town

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The Bay­leys Christ­mas Lights com­pe­ti­tion is chang­ing.

The Bay­leys team have been dis­ap­pointed over the last cou­ple of years that Mata­mata is slowly los­ing its spark.

They have de­cided, along with the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle, to em­brace the Christ­mas sea­son and have joined forces with Mata­mata Mitre 10 to rein­vent the com­pe­ti­tion and make it the first an­nual Bay­leys Christ­mas Lights Tour.

Bay­leys Mata­mata, along with Mitre 10 and the Chron­i­cle, in­vite res­i­dents to un­tan­gle their Christ­mas lights and make their homes twin­kle.

Any res­i­dent or busi­ness is wel­come to reg­is­ter to be in­cluded on the tour map and will au­to­mat­i­cally go in the draw to win a $300 Mitre 10 voucher.

Mata­mata Mitre 10 are gen­er­ously of­fer­ing all en­trants a 15 per cent dis­count off their ex­ten­sive Christ­mas lights range, which in­cludes so­lar pow­ered lights.

A map of the Christ­mas Lights Tour will ap­pear in the Chron­i­cle on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 18.

Chron­i­cle man­ager Milly Keys said it was an event the whole com­mu­nity could take part in – as an en­trant or a spec­ta­tor.

‘‘It’s a re­ally good tra­di­tion . . . hop in the car with the kids, drive around the town and have a look at the Christ­mas lights.

‘‘We re­ally want to see the spirit of Christ­mas come back.’’

Or­gan­is­ers hoped tak­ing the com­pe­ti­tion out of it and re­plac­ing it with a com­mu­nity event for ev­ery­one to en­joy would spur more en­tries.

Mar­garet Troughton and her team at Bay­leys Mata­mata are tak­ing it one step fur­ther this year too.

‘‘We will be pur­chas­ing some so­lar lights and light­ing up the tree out­side our of­fice. It would be fan­tas­tic if other busi­nesses wanted to jump on and do the same. In fact I would like to chal­lenge other busi­nesses to do it.

‘‘Let’s come to­gether and light up our town.’’

You don’t have to spend the earth to get a good light show.

A dec­o­rated Christ­mas tree in the win­dow will bring joy to those who take the tour.

To reg­is­ter your home for the Bay­leys Christ­mas lights tour, look out in next week’s Chron­i­cle for all the de­tails.

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