Diwali Festival of Lights


Entries are now closed.

Diwali is a 5-day festival that celebrates the triumph of good versus evil, light over darkness and wisdom over ignorance. Residents of City of Ryde from all backgrounds are encourage to light up and decorate their homes and apartments to celebrate the Festival of Lights.

With $1000 worth of prizes available to the best decorated homes and best decorated apartments!

Entries closed at 11.59pm on Wednesday, 1 November 2023.

Competition entrants are advised to use LED or Solar LED lighting. LED lighting is cheaper to run, uses less energy and lasts longer than other lighting options.

The best option is Solar LED lighting, it costs nothing to run, they work by capturing energy from the sun during the day and storing it for use at night. Using energy efficient lighting contributes to reaching the City of Ryde community target of Net Zero Emissions by 2040. Check out Council’s webpage for further information on living sustainably and reducing your household emissions.

Terms and Conditions

  1. The competition is open to residents of the City of Ryde LGA only from 9am Wednesday 20 September 2023 through to 11.59pm Wednesday 1 November 2023.
  2. All entries will need to send a photo of their house with lights on by 11.59pm Wednesday 1 November 2023 to be accepted into the judging phase.
  3. Entries will be shortlisted by City of Ryde staff based on photo submissions. The top 3 entries in each category will progress to the final round of judging.
  4. Judging of the final round will be conducted by a judging panel between Friday 3 November until Sunday 5 November 2023. You will need to have your lights on from 8:00pm-11:00pm for these nights so the judges can see the property during this time frame. If you do not have your lights on and the judges arrive, then your property will not be judged.
  5. First place in the house/townhouse category will receive a $500 “Anystore” gift card with $100 “Anystore” gift card awarded to the runner up.
  6. First place in the apartment category will a receive $300 “Anystore” gift card with $100 “Anystore” gift card awarded to the runner up.
  7. Competition winners will be contacted on Wednesday 8 November 2023
  8. Competition winners will be announced to the public on 8 November 2023
  9. Judging is conducted through a points award for the overall display of the outside of the residence. The prizes for the competition will be awarded based on these scores. The winners for this will be announced on the 8thof November on the City of Ryde website and social media.
  10. City of Ryde Council and sponsors of this competition will accept no liability for any consequences such as damage, injury or theft arising out of entry to the competition or prizes accepted by entrants.
  11. Collections for personal gain are prohibited and will lead to a disqualification from the competition.
  12. Entrants are not to use any area outside of their property for light display, including sidewalks, electrical poles, and neighbouring areas. If you are living in a rental property, you will need to have written permission from your landlord before considering a display.
  13. Failure to comply with the Terms and Conditions of entry may lead to your application being cancelled and prizes withdrawn.