2021 Albany Christmas Lights Competition — Christmas-mad Colin Bairstow joins in the festive fun

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Yakamia resident Colin Bairstow at home among his Christmas lights.
Camera IconYakamia resident Colin Bairstow at home among his Christmas lights. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson

One of Albany’s most fanatically festive residents has thrown his Santa hat into the ring and entered the 2021 Albany Christmas Lights Competition.

For at least 15 years straight, Colin Bairstow has dressed in a Christmas costume on December 1 and switched on his Christmas lights to celebrate the start of the festive season.

With the music blaring, he dishes out lollies to children.

“That one night, the first of the season, everyone’s invited,” he said.

“We get somewhere between 50 and 70 people now who come out for a bit of fun — families, kids, dogs, the whole street.

“I just prance around like an idiot.

“The best part of it is the smiles on the little kids’ faces. There’s not a whole lot in the world that can do that at the moment and it’s just great to see their faces light up.”

Yakamia resident Colin Bairstow at home among his Christmas lights.
Camera IconYakamia resident Colin Bairstow at home among his Christmas lights. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

This year, Mr Bairstow’s Christmas lights display includes a 4m Christmas tree and two Santas on the roof.

If he wins the 2021 Albany Christmas Lights Competition, presented in partnership with the City of Albany, he plans to donate his $250 hamper to Albany Foodbank.

“I’ve got somewhere in the vicinity of 10,000 globes this year. There’s a whole lot of colour,” he said. “I just hope it gives people the feeling that there’s still a bit of happiness and a bit of fun still left around.”

COMPETITION DETAILS

To enter, you must nominate your property before 5pm on Friday, December 10, by submitting your name, address, and a contact number to the Advertiser. You can call us on 9892 8363, send us an email via news@albanyadvertiser.com, or find us on Facebook. Entries will be judged on originality, effort and appearance, with the winner announced in the Advertiser on Thursday, December 16. The winner of the 2021 Albany Christmas Lights Competition will receive a hamper worth $250 and an official winner’s certificate signed by Mayor Dennis Wellington. The competition is presented in partnership with the City of Albany.

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