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Holiday Lights and Festive Sights Competition

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From Friday, November 27, 2020
To Friday, December 18, 2020
by bdust
Holiday Lights & Festive Sights Competition
Entries due: December 7th at noon
Public voting: December 11 - 18th
Winners announced: December 18th
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The City of Effingham Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited to announce its seventh annual holiday light competition Holiday Lights & Festive Sights for the 2020 holiday season! Plan to decorate your residence or business to help spread holiday cheer and welcome visitors throughout the season. All residents and businesses residing within city limits are encouraged to participate in the competition. The competition will feature four  NEW categories. The four categories consist of the following: The More, the Merrier Award: extreme, over-the-top or interactive; The Hallmark House Award: classy, elegant, "Hallmark;" The Children's Choice Award: reference to holiday pop culture and/or kid-friendly characters; and The Spirit of Effingham Business Award: businesses, including exteriors and/or window displays. We will announce one winner from each group.
Residences and businesses need to be completely decorated when they call to enter the competition. A fellow citizen or the residence or business owner can nominate himself or herself. Entries must be in by December 7th at noon. Call the Effingham Visitor Center at 217-342-5310 to enter your home or business in the competition. After all entries are made, official judges will narrow the nominees down to the top three in each category. The top three will then be voted on by the public. Everyone is encouraged to vote. Entries can be voted for online at the Effingham Convention and Visitor Bureau's Facebook page: Visit Effingham, at or in person at the Effingham Visitor Center (1505 Hampton Drive). Voting will be open December 11th through the 18th at noon. Winners will be announced on December 18th in the afternoon.
The first place winner in each category will receive $250, with the business winner picking a favorite charity to donate the money. They will also receive a sign to be displayed in their yard through January 3, 2021. Every person that participates in voting for their favorite holiday light display will be entered into a drawing for two $100 gift cards of their choice. For more information on the Holiday Light Competition, please call 217-342-5310 or visit