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The Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is teaming up with local organizations to bring holiday cheer!


This December we’re organizing an event contest that anyone can participate in. You can register your home in our decorating contest for a chance at some awesome prizes. Or follow our interactive map to view all the businesses homes who have entered and then vote for your favorites! Even voters have a chance at prizes. When you vote your name will go into a drawing for a prize. Register or check back in later to find our interactive map that will guide you to the best decorated homes in the Elgin area!


Interested in Registering your Home or Business?

The deadline to register your home or business is November 30th.
Learn more and register here.


  • Elgin, East Dundee and West Dundee residents only
  • Elgin, East Dundee and West Dundee Businesses Only
  • Free entry, 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.
  • We encourage you to share our information on social media to bring in voters
  • Participants are required to send a photo of their display to the Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for promotional purposes




1st – 3rd place prizes will be determined based on voting for each community. For example, Elgin will release 1st – 3rd place prizes for Elgin residents and the same for East Dundee and West Dundee. One display will not have the opportunity to earn prizes from multiple communities.

Resident Prizes
First Place – $300 in local gift cards
Second Place – $150 in local gift cards
Third Place – $50 in local gift cards

Business Prizes
First Place – Professional Photoshoot & Marketing Campaign
Second Place – Marketing Campaign
Third Place – Marketing Campaign


Interactive Map

We are currently accepting registrations. An interactive map will not be available until registrations ends. Check back on December 2nd


Exploring the Lights

When you’re out taking in the lights and sights, show us your adventures! Share your photos on social media and use #ExploreElgin



Explore Elgin Area’s Lights would not be possible without our sponsors!

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