Christmas is coming to Murwillumbah and look at what we have in store for you! This year MDBC have been given the opportunity to light up the town for Christmas, with start up funding coming from EMF Griffiths. This event has the support of Tweed Shire Council and Essential Energy. It is an initiative of the Murwillumbah and District Business Chamber and it just the start of things to come. We envisage that this event will grow and develop over the coming years and be a community event that will essentially be owned by our town. Its success depends on what we are prepared to put into it. Right now we have secured some funding and a group of motivated business people and community organisations. The “you build it and they will come” metaphor is indeed what we are striving for with this event. It is an awesome opportunity for Murwillumbah to shine and for us to celebrate with our local community and showcase our town to visitors. So come on everyone let’s light up our town for all to see right throughout December!
We are proposing:
The aim of the Murwillumbah Lights Up Christmas Carnival is to bring more tourists and families from around the area and from the Gold Coast to Murwillumbah for an event that will hopefully grow to be as big an event such as “The Lights of Lobethal‟ festival in the Adelaide Hills – see the following website address - http://www.lightsoflobethal.com.au/home.
The goal of the project is to gradually build this Christmas event into
one of the key events in the Tweed Valley tourism calendar.
Christmas is always a busy time for businesses. This project aims to
support local businesses even further with the evolution of an attraction
that will bring more people to the area to view the shopfronts and
potentially generate extra income for these businesses.
Businesses in Murwillumbah would specifically be invited to compete in various categories of Christmas Light displays.
These will include:
Companies can individually submit a display for their business space. This would encourage visitors to the area to come directly to their shopfronts to view the displays. Displays could be in shopfront windows, set up inside the building space of the company incorporating interactive displays for families to visit, or in the street area in front of the buildings (following guidelines which specify that pathways are not to be blocked in any way etc).
A prize would be awarded for the category of Most Sustainably Innovative Design. To be considered for this award the entry must utilise products such as energy efficient lighting, recycled materials etc. in the display to limit or offset the energy and materials used throughout the area.
This award will be voted on by the community with a voting box in Santa land
In general, pictures of the finalists will be advertised in all the local press. This will encourage more participation from businesses as it is a form of advertising for them.
If businesses are not able to participate in the Christmas Lights competition, as perhaps their shopfronts do not allow it, there will be other options available. These include:
Raffle tickets may also be sold within each business to raise money to cover costs related to the event. Sales would also be encouraged at the Community Christmas Party. Local Businesses will be encouraged to donate goods for a giant Christmas stocking displayed at the Santa grotto.
A food drive will be put in place at the supermarkets around town to collect non perishable goods for local charities and individuals in need in the area.Memerbs or Global Care will come and collect the goods and distributet them.
Each entrant in the Christmas Lights Competition in Murwillumbah needs to let the Chamber know if they are in the competition.
The award ceremony will take place in conjunction with the Community Christmas Party on the 16th of December.