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Holiday Lights & Festive Sights

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The City of Effingham Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited to announce its sixth annual holiday lights competition: Holiday Lights & Festive Sights for the 2019 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 again feature four categories: Business, Clark Griswold (including excessive use of outdoor lighting and decorations), Classic Christmas (including old-fashioned, traditional or nostalgic displays) and Reason for the Season(including religious holiday displays). We will announce one winner from each category. 

Residences (and businesses) need to be completely decorated once nominated. Nominations must be in by December 9th at Noon. Call Effingham Visitor Center at 217-342-5310 to nominate a residence or a business. After all nominations are made, official judges will narrow down the nominees to the top three in each category. The top three will then be voted on by the public. Voting will be open December 16th through the 20th at Noon. Winners will be announced on December 20th in the afternoon. 

The first place winner in each category will receive $250, with the business winner picking a favorite charity to donate their winnings to. 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 & Festive Sights Competition, please call 217-342-5310 or visit

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