Yes, the Christmas Decorating Contest is alive and well for 2020 on Marco Island!
Preliminary judging of both homes and businesses will occur on the nights of December 14, 15, and 16. Final judging of the House Top Ten finalists will occur with the judges’ tour on Friday, December 18.
Although COVID-19 concerns have caused cancelation or modification of several Christmas events, the House Decoration festivities lend themselves nicely to social distancing. Because homes and businesses are decorated by families and individuals, both the decorating and viewing phases of the contest can be conducted easily within safe COVID-19 protocol.
This will be the 27th Annual Christmas House Decorating Contest and 15th Annual Christmas Business Decorating Contest. The Decorating Contests are sponsored by LCEC for the 27th consecutive year. A committee of 30 dedicated community-minded citizens makes it all happen.
This year, the Preliminary Judging will be done on December 14, 15, and 16, between 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM each night. Property and Business owners are instructed to have their lights on all three nights to ensure that the judges may view all properties.
The Final Judging is scheduled for Friday, December 18 from 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM. Iberia Bank is a sponsor of the final judging event and provides the IBERIABANK SPIRIT AWARD, a $100 Lowe’s gift certificate for the House Decorating Contest winner.
All owners of the Top 10 Homes receive a plaque. The overall winner receives the coveted yard sign, winner’s plaque, the IberiaBank Gift Certificate and a Traveling Trophy to be kept for one year by the winners of the House Contest, and then passed on to the next year’s winner.
Businesses are judged on their exterior decorations visible to the public. The winner receives a plaque and Yard Sign on December 19 at a time convenient for the business owners. A separate team of judges will view and judge the businesses during the preliminary judging dates. The Business Contest is led by co-chairperson Kristina Lambros and Marc Creach. For the Business Contest, it is appreciated that businesses notify Kristina Lambros at firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of the business and address so no business is overlooked.
Previous winners of both home and business contests display their yard sign annually and continue to decorate in the spirit of the season. Top 10 contenders and “Worth Seeing” addresses are supplied to the media so families may visit and enjoy the beauty and originality of the decorated homes and businesses throughout the holiday season.
There were over 1,474 homes decorated in 2019.
Judging teams evaluate every home on every street on Marco. Winners are not eligible to win again for a 5-year period.
The Marco Island Christmas House and Business Decorating Committee members and judges for the contest are: Co-Chairman Dave and Jeanne Rice, Bob Boland and Lyn Bedell, Carla and Mike Mickes, Larry and Judy Sacher, Debbie and Marty Roddy, Ken and Diane Honecker, Jerry Swiacki and Linda Turner, Bette McGilvray, Steven Josselyn, Keith and Barbara Dameron, Sandy Dauch, Kristina Lambros, Marc Creach, Jacki Strategos, Richard Droste, Bruce Robertson, Mary Vertin, Betty Newman and Russ Simmons, Michel Wick and Lauri Kalanges.
Chairman Dave Rice states, “Most are long-standing experienced committee members with unmatched passion to serve Marco Island. They, along with the many home and business owners that participate are what make the event the success that it is.”
The entire Committee looks forward to the 2020 contest and hopes participation levels soar in a year that lends itself so well to being a fun and safe activity for participants and viewers.
Rice may be contacted by e-mail at marcoislanddavecomcast.net or by cell at 239-250-2175.