Only residents located in Elgin and West Dundee will be able to participate.
Entry is Free. There is no cost for registration.
Displays must be visible from the street.
This contest is for exterior decorations only. This does extend to window decorations that are placed inside but can be seen from outside.
Participants are required to send a digital photo of their display to the Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for promotional purposes.
Participants will need to pick up and drop off their yard signs in a timely manner. Email communications will be sent out with ample notice.
Please read through the terms located at the bottom of the registration form.
We encourage you to share our information on social media to bring in voters.
Explore Elgin Area's Lights Registration Form
Categories & Prizes
This year there are 3 additional categories that voters will be able to select in addition to their top 3 favorites. This year there are more opportunities to win! All winners will be determined based on the number of votes received. Voting will open on December 5th and end December 31st. The winners will be announced January 5th.
1st Place Overall – $200 in Local Gift Cards
2nd Place Overall – $100 in Local Gift Cards
3rd Place Overall – $75 in Local Gift Cards
The Blinding Display (the brightest light decorations) – $50 in Local Gift Cards
The Classy Lady (the best traditional display) – $50 in Local Gift Cards
The Oddball (the best unorthodox display) – $50 in Local Gift Cards
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