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Time to light up Denman this festive season

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It is the time of the year to deck the halls but there is a call for Denman households and businesses to really dress up with twinkly fairy-lights, inflatable Santas and other festive-themed ornaments. 

The Denman Chamber of Commerce alongside the Magnier Family and Coolmore Australia have organised a Christmas Light Competition with great prizes in line for participants. 

"We are hoping that Denman will be shinning very bright in December," Amanda Collins from the Denman Chamber of Commerce told Radio Hunter Valley. 

"People always say 'it doesn't feel like Christmas' so hopefully by getting a little bit of spirit into the town with lights and decorating, we can bring the Christmas spirit back as well," she said. 

There will be six prizes up for grabs for those who are the brightest, merriest and got tangled up into the Christmas cheer. 

There is a first prize of $750 to the winning household, $200 for the second, $300 for third, $200 for fourth, $150 for fifth and $100 for sixth.

Businesses are also encouraged to participate in the festivity with the best business display in Denman winning $500. 

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Ms Collins is hoping the competition will reunite neighbours after enduring isolation through the pandemic.

"We haven't been able to really socialize or be out and about, and do much in 2021 - so we're hoping this will get people out and about," she said. 

"It's really exciting for the little ones too. 

"Christmas time is always exciting for kids so this just makes it a little bit more festive," she said.

There are no prerequisites for contestants looking to enter - anyone who hangs a set of lights are considered eligible. 

"All you have to do is simply decorate your house or business and you're already in the competition. 

"There is no paperwork to fill out. No legalities. Just simply decorate," Ms Collins said. 

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The competition will continue until December 19 when judging will be underway for the best dressed house or business. 

The winners will be announced on December 20. 

"We're hoping everyone will get behind this and get very festive - we are very excited," she said. 

Image: Steve Walser / Flickr, Demman Chamber of Commerce, Peter Holland