Christmas lights competition winners crowned

The Mayor’s search for a favourite Christmas light display for 2020 has ended at 172 Walla Avenue, Griffith.

From almost 60 stunning light displays registered for the Christmas Lights competition this year, Jaye Armstrong’s home has won the title of Mayor’s Choice Award.

There were plenty of other excellent light displays across Griffith making it a difficult decision for Mayor John Dal Broi.

“It wasn’t easy to pick the winner, but in the end this house with the variety of lights, inflatables and true Christmas spirit really impressed me,” Cr Dal Broi said.

“It’s incredibly bright and makes everyone smile as they explore the yard, which is always a good thing. My granddaughters came with me and loved it.”

Ms Armstrong was delighted to hear her Christmas display had been selected by the Mayor.

“As a child my mum would transform our property into a Christmas wonderland and I wanted to recreate that for my grandchildren,” said Ms Armstrong.

“The display consists of 22 inflatables, two 13 foot soldiers and more lights than I can count! Everyone is welcome to come and explore the display throughout the Christmas period.

“I am delighted I could do this for not only my grandchildren, but the wider community and spread some Christmas cheer,” she added.

A ‘Popular Choice’ award was added this year, with a clear standout being 11 Leaver Street Yenda.

The display, set up by Sam Hipkiss, took more than 200 hours to create.

“I always wanted to set something up like this for kids, and last year decided to try my hand at creating the musical display,” said Mr Hipkiss.

“Between the programming, installing the lights and perfecting the display I have spent around 200 hours and more than $2,000 setting this up –to see the enjoyment it brings to the community has been well worth it!”

An electrician by trade, Mr Hipkiss has always had a keen interest in electronics and has created a wonderful display for the eyes and ears.

To view these remarkable properties and the other outstanding Christmas light displays throughout Griffith and the villages, please visit

Councillor Dal Broi made special mention of Wood Road which has many houses decorated for Griffith, and the village of Yenda whose residents have gone to immense effort this year.

“I want to congratulate everyone who took the time to brighten up our region with their displays. I was especially impressed to see the villages getting involved – well done everyone and thank you for helping our community to smile after what has been a particularly difficult year.”

The winners will each be presented with their prizes in the New Year.

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