IT'S beginning to look a lot like Christmas

IT'S beginning to look a lot like Christmas on the streets of Cooma. The iconic Santa Claus figurines have been erected on top of businesses, the end of year parties are underway, trees adorned with tinsel, ornaments are starting to go up and the Christmas lights are being turned on. And this year, there is added incentive for residents to go the extra step with their light decorations.

Residents across Cooma are being encouraged to help light up the town, with cash prizes up for grabs.

Cooma Rotary Club, together with the Cooma Visitors Centre are holding a Christmas light competition.

Cooma Visitors Centre manager Donna Smith said the idea was to help decorate the town to make it festive and inviting during the Christmas season.

"It really does make such a different to the town," she said.

"We want to light up the CBD and make it more inviting and festive."

Although its only early December, already many houses have put up glowing decorations.

"There are already close to 50 places lit up. That's not a bad start for early December.

"There are some stand out areas. Cooma East is going well. There is also a fantastic place near Coffeys Hotel. One house in Denison Street you can't even see the house anymore.

But its not just residents who are being encouraged to take part, local businesses are also being asked to get into the Christmas spirit.

"The display at Yourhouse looks beautiful and there are some lights on Jaggez which looked really lovely," Mrs Smith said.

$200 is up for grabs for the winning residential Christmas lights entry with $100 for second and $50 for third. The winning local business will receive $200. To register your house or business lights display head to

The visitors centre is also putting together a Christmas lights map to make it easy for people to head out looking at the light displays.

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