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Throw up the Lights and register for the Deck the House Contest

Nov. 20. Registration starts today to enter the town’s first Deck the House Contest.

Enter our contest and show us your best outdoor holiday decorations whether you go traditional or all out.

The public will vote on their favorites, and the winner gets bragging rights and a prize.

Registration through Dec. 8 is free and open to Cornelius residents only.

Judging will be done Dec.11-20 and winners announced on  Dec. 22.



Just some of the elements one might display in this category could include garlands, baubles, reindeer, nativity scenes, Santa, and a “normal” amount of lights and/or inflatables.


This category is an ode to Clark Griswold from the 1989 film “A Christmas Vacation.” He festooned his home with 25,000 lights, so if your display is a pageant of lights, inflatables and motorized elves, you’re probably in this category.

Prizes for each category

1st Prize: $50 gift certificate

2nd Prize $25 gift certificate

What you need to know

–The contest is for exterior decorations only, including decorations in windows that are visible from the exterior. Judging will be done from outside residence only.

–Judging will be based on “curb appeal” as viewed from the street only. Therefore, only those decorations located on the street side of the property will be judged (corner lots will be judged from both streets).

–Decorations may not cover/interfere with any fire safety equipment or walkways.

–Decorations must keep everything appropriate for children (no greater than PG-13), non-discriminatory and politics-free.

–Participants agree to have one or more photos of the exterior of their decorated home as well as the home’s address posted on the Parks and Recreation website, social media pages, and/or e-newsletter as well as used in future promotional publications.

–All contestants must have decorations lighted from 6:30-9 pm on Dec.11-20 to be judged.

–All judging will take place by the public from Dec.11-20, via an online form linked from the town website and social media.


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