DECORATING his house with Christmas lights is a tradition Rob Clark loves doing.
This year it has paid off with his house being voted the best in the Bendigo Advertiser Christmas lights competition.
"A few people have asked why I hadn't entered before but I just thought it was a bit of fun," Mr Clark said.
"There's a few of us down my end (of Holdsworth Road) and Bupa and a few little ones as well."
Mr Clark won a $500 voucher to Hume and Iser Home Hardware, which he said will be spent on a bit more wood for his decorations.
"I do all of my own cut outs so there will be more wood (next year)," he said.
"I just like Christmas and seeing the kids and families getting enjoyment out of watching the lights."
Mr Clarke said there were 3000 lights in his creation as well as 20 wood cuts, a Santa, a Mrs Claus and a group of elves.
Mr Clark said cars would drive by the house, at 240 Holdsworth Road, until about midnight on Christmas Eve.
"I'll be out there handing out candy canes," he said.
"The kids always get a surprise at that, they don't expect it."
Mr Clark said he wasn't sure how many votes he got but was grateful for them.
"I've got to thank the people who voted and the neighbours for putting up with the lights and music," he said.
Faye Lucas was the lucky Bendigo Advertiser reader to be drawn as the other Hume and Iser voucher winner.
"It's a nice Christmas bonus. I'm always checking the notices and was feeling lucky," she said.
Hume and Iser's managing director Stephen Iser said the company had been sponsoring the competition for four years.
"It's a great community thing to do," he said.