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Explore Elgin Area’s Lights Registration

Join us in ringing in the holiday season this year by being part of Explore Elgin Area’s Lights! The process is simple, register below for your business or residence, and follow the rules to be considered to win some incredible prizes!

Timeline

  • November 30th – Deadline to Register
  • December 1st-4th – Displays Must be Lit for Photos
  • December 5th – Voting Page Goes Live
  • December 27th – Voting Ends 
  • December 28th – Winner Announced on Explore Elgin Area Social Media

Residence Registration

The Rules

  • Elgin, East Dundee and West Dundee residents 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 digital photo of their display to the Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for promotional purposes

The Prizes

Place ranking will be voted on by the community and prizes will be awarded to the top 3 most voted for displays in each community. Voting will open on December 5th and end December 27th. The winners will be announced December 28th.

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

Registration

By registering you agree to have your registered address shared for creating a map and voting purposes. You also agree to have your displays up and shining December 1st – 4th in the evening hours for photography purposes to help advertise the contest.

Click the image below to fill out the registration form.

Business Registration

The Rules

  • 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

The Prizes

Place ranking will be voted on by the community. Voting will open on December 5th and end December 27th. The winners will be announced December 28th.

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

Registration

By registering you agree to have your registered address shared for creating a map and voting purposes. You also agree to have your displays up and shining December 1st – 4th in the evening hours for photography purposes to help advertise the contest.

Click the image below to fill out the registration form.

Sponsors

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