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Is there anything more magical than heading out to find the best Christmas lights the city has to offer?
The tips from colleagues and friends, the excitement of the car trip, the…utter disappointment when you can’t find the houses you’re looking for—did they say Kambah or Kaleen?—the mood dropping as the 10 minute drive turns into 20…then an hour…
Honestly, that’s the last thing we need after 2020.
Luckily, Coordinate and HerCanberra have teamed up with Mix106 to make sure this never happens to you this Christmas, with their epic Coordinate Christmas Light Trail.
The Trail will take the form of a map, with Christmas keen beans encouraged to register their homes or streets—giving you the ultimate Canberra Christmas lights trail to follow! But it doesn’t end there.
Just before Christmas, Mix106’s Wilko and A.B. will bring you a Christmas extravaganza, choosing 10 incredibly Christmas-y houses or streets to host live Christmas carols across five nights from 14-18 December.
Each night, they’ll bring a float stacked with live music to two houses or streets to add that extra little sparkle to these blockbuster light displays for a COVID-safe Christmas concert.
Better yet, they’ll be raising money for the Salvos’ Hundreds for Thousands, which aims to raise $100,000 to help 1000 Canberra families put food on the table this Christmas.
For Mix106’s Wilko, the Coordinate Christmas Lights Trail gives them a chance to spread a little festive joy after a difficult year.
“I think Canberrans are the best at Christmas lights—some places go crazy with lights and music and synchronisation, it’s so great,” he says, adding that while some homes may feel strange about putting a big display on this year, if everyone is aware and follows COVID-safe rules, lights can still bring the magic to Canberra this Christmas.
“The great thing about the Trail is that it allows us to be more community-minded and maybe get out and meet your neighbours if you haven’t already.”
For Wilko’s co-host A.B., who is spending her first Christmas in Canberra, it’s all about bring some normalcy back to people’s lives—especially given the COVID-safe nature of outdoor Christmas light viewing.
“We haven’t done Easter, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Halloween normally—but for Christmas, it feels like we can do what we used to do.”
For Logan Ayers, Creative Strategist at Coordinate, the local creative agency sponsoring the Christmas Lights Trail and Salvos’ Hundreds for Thousands campaign, the Trail is another way to reward the Canberra community after this difficult year.
“This campaign is another great opportunity for us to give back to the community. Through the success of previous projects with the station, we saw first-hand how engaged Canberra wanted to be and how a campaign can unite people during tough times like these,” says Logan.
“We are excited to once again connect and support the station and Her Canberra to deliver a fun and upbeat Christmas campaign.”
As for what Wilko and A.B. are hoping to see this year when it comes to displays, Wilko says he doesn’t want to play favourites, however, he’s looking forward to seeing certain streets turn it up as usual.
“There are some streets that all [participate] and that’s what I’m really looking forward to seeing, because whether you’re a kid or a grown man, it’s so wonderful.
A.B. adds that raising money for the Salvos’ Hundreds for Thousands campaign will also add some extra sparkle to the Trail’s carolling extravaganza week in December.
“With everything that’s happened this year, some of our charities have fallen by the wayside. Our regular contributions may have slowed to charities that help out underprivileged Australian families at Christmas, so this is a nice reminder that this year is less about the materialistic stuff and more about coming together.”
We couldn’t have put it better ourselves.
HOW TO GET YOUR HOUSE OR STREET ON THE COORDINATE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TRAIL
- Put your lights and festive display up!
- Go to com.au/competition/mix106-3s-christmas-lights-trail and register your house—or you can even register your entire street!
- Check out the Coordinate Christmas Lights Trail at com.au/competition/mix106-3s-christmas-lights-trail to get the scoop on more great light displays!
- The 10 lucky houses or streets chosen to be visited by the carolling truck will be announced by HerCanberra and Mix106.3 ahead of Monday 14 December.