Christmas light competition brightens towns on the Fleurieu Coast

Lighting the night: A competition entry brightens a street in Normanville. For more information and to view the Christmas lights map, visit: yankalillaevents.com.
Lighting the night: A competition entry brightens a street in Normanville. For more information and to view the Christmas lights map, visit: yankalillaevents.com.

Christmas light displays are brightening the night and providing festive cheer across Yankalilla, Normanville and Carrickalinga.

Thanks to the initiative of local man Nathan Ide, residents are being encouraged to spruce up their displays as part of a newly launched competition.

Locals and visitors can vote for the best display in town as part of the competition which Mr Ide came up with in response to regular Christmas activities being cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.

As part of the competition, Mr Ide has created an interactive map available online, which shows where to find Christmas light displays.

"I just thought I'd do something different," Mr Ide said.

"So far we've had over 1500 views of the map and we have had over 55 entries into the competition.

"Each house involved has a number displayed out the front on a laminated display which provides information on how to access the online map and a phone number to text to cast your vote.

"The response so far has been great, the community is getting behind it and there are plenty of cars out and about each evening visiting the displays."

Local businesses are also supporting the competition, with about two-dozen $20 vouchers on offer for simply voting for your favourite display.

Entries are still open, with the first prize display in the running for a $500 cash prize.

Second will receive $250 and third $125, all thanks to the Yankalilla Community Op Shop who have provided all prize money.

Mr Ide thanked Lisa Pearson and the Yankalilla Council tourism team including Amber Nancarrow, Natalie Morris and volunteers for their support, as well as Libby Edge and the Yankalilla Community Op Shop.