Mitre 10 Marketing Co-ordinator Murray Leaning is looking forward to seeing homes around the region lit up for this year's Light Up Nelson. Photo: Brittany Spencer.

Lighting up Nelson


Mitre 10 Mega and Nelson App have teamed up to Light Up Nelson.

The competition was run by radio station NZME for more than a decade but they didn’t take it up this year leaving a hole for those taking part.

So Mitre 10 Mega and Nelson App have decided to make finding the houses easy and offer some prizes for those taking part.

A list of all participating houses are on the Unofficial Light Up Nelson Facebook page and a map is now in the Nelson App along with a list of the houses taking part. Once you’ve visited them all you can also vote for your favourite via the Nelson App. There are three different prizes up for grabs, a $250 Mitre 10 Mega voucher for best house, a $250 Mitre 10 Mega voucher for the house with the most votes and a $100 Mitre 10 Mega voucher that will go to one lucky voter.

Murray Leaning from Mitre 10 Mega says they were keen to be a part of spreading some Christmas cheer.

“Light Up Nelson brings so much joy and Christmas spirit to the community, I was shocked to see that it wasn’t being supported this year, and we here at Mitre 10 MEGA Nelson decided we needed to keep that Christmas magic going for the kids, especially. We’ve all got families, and do the tour every year, so we had to make it happen.

“Our Helping Hands program has partnered with the Nelson App, and Bev Hollis’s Unofficial Light Up Nelson group. We will be providing prizes and sponsorship for the promotion of this great event for the next three years.”

For a list of houses taking part just look for the “Xmas lights” button on the Nelson App and you’ll find all the information you need about this year’s competition.

Nelson App managing director Andrew Board says doing the competition through the app makes sense. “The Nelson App now has now been downloaded by more than 9000 people and it’s really easy to use when you’re out and about looking at the houses and ready to vote for your favourite.

“We’ve already been contacted by some of the homeowners taking part and they’re rapt that Mitre 10 Mega has come on board to help create more interest.”

If you have a house that wants to be a part of Light Up Nelson but isn’t on our list, please email [email protected] and we’ll get it loaded for you. For more information about which houses are where, keep an eye on the Nelson App.

To download the Nelson App, click here