LIGHTEN UP: David and Rosemarie Bryant, from the Alstonville Settlers Motel, have decorated their business for Christmas.
LIGHTEN UP: David and Rosemarie Bryant, from the Alstonville Settlers Motel, have decorated their business for Christmas.

Businesses join Light Up

IT'S beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

The shire is starting to light up and you get to decide the business that has the best lights in the People's Choice Award.

There are 25 businesses in Ballina, Alstonville and Lennox Head that have registered to show off their shopfront window in this year's 2008 Northern Star Christmas Light Up.

David and Rosemarie Bryant, from the Alstonville Settlers Motel, have Santa as a guest on their front lawn as part of the event.It's about Christmas spirit, says Rosemarie.

This is the couple's third year at the motel, and they have lit up at Christmas every year.

Rosemarie said it was a joy to see the faces of children light up when they see the 3m Santa in the yard.

"We always hear comments from the kids as they walk home from school," she said.

To vote for your favourite display, log on to the website www.ballinalightup.com. Voting closes on December 22.

All those who vote go into the draw to win one of three prizes: a Home Energy Audit Package, courtesy of Eco-Options valued at $500; or one of two giant Christmas hampers valued at $300 each.

When shoppers cast their votes, they're also putting the business with their favourite Christmas display into the running to win a media package valued at $1100, courtesy of The Northern Star and Ballina Shire Advocate. Ballina Shire Council is still taking registrations from home-owners so their Christmas lights at home can appear on the light up map. Registration closes on December 15. Log onto www.ballinalightup.com or contact the Ballina Visitor Information Centre on 1800 777 666. By registering your home on the Light Up map you go into the prize draw to win a Home Energy Audit Package.


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