The Marco Island House and Business Christmas Decorating Contest Committee and Chairman Dave Rice announce that the 16th Annual Christmas Business Decorating Contest has officially begun. Rice, a former president of the Marco Chamber of Commerce started the contest with two purposes in mind…assisting business owners get maximum business during the Christmas Holiday by decorating their storefronts encouraging customer interest and adding to the Holiday Spirit in “Lighting Up Marco.” There is no charge to enter the contest. Committee members Kristina Lambros-Creach and husband Marc Creach, are major forces in the operation and success of the contest. The Business Contest is combined with the 28th Annual House Decorating Contest. The overall theme to LIGHT UP MARCO has grown annually with expectations to break the 2020 number of participants. Last year’s winner was Keller Williams Realty. 

Announcing 1. Dave Rice - Committee Chairman with (from left) Kristina Lambros-Creach - Business Contest Coordinator and Donna Niemczyk - Chamber of Commerce..jpg

Dave Rice - Committee Chairman with (from left) Kristina Lambros-Creach - Business Contest Coordinator and Donna Niemczyk - Chamber of Commerce.


For the Business Contest, preliminary judging will be nightly from 6:30 - 9:00 PM beginning December 13, 2021. Businesses are judged for their EXTERIOR DECORATIONS only, including WINDOW DISPLAYS that are visible to the public. Since businesses are located throughout the Island, it is suggested that business owners contact Kristina by email at with the business name and address. The winner receives the coveted Yard Sign to be displayed annually and a wall Plaque on Saturday, December 18, 2021.

Continuous information will be forthcoming in all local press and media outlets. Dianna Dohm, Executive Director of the Marco Island Area Chamber of Commerce and Donna Niemczyk, Administrative Coordinator and their staff who play a significant role by communicating directly and frequently with each business owner. 

The contests have been sponsored by the generosity of LCEC for 28 years. Special thanks to LCEC’s Tricia Dorn who has been LCEC’s representative to the contests committee for 28 years and to Ms. Julie Vaughn, LCEC Corporate Contributions Committee Chair for her support. For additional information contact Kristina Lambros-Creach via email at


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