The Marco Island House and Business Decorating Committee pictured at their annual PotLuck Planning session hosted by committee members Bob Boland and Lyn Bedel.


This will be the 29th Annual Christmas House Decorating Contest. The House Decorating Contests have been sponsored by LCEC for the 29th consecutive year. A committee of 33 dedicated community-minded citizens makes it all happen.

This year the Preliminary Judging will be done on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, December 12, 13 and 14 between 6:30 PM and 10:30 PM each night. Home 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 16 from 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM. New Horizon Bank sponsors the Finals Night Judges’ Tailgate Party that precedes the Judges’ Trolley Tour to the Top 10 Homes to select the 2022 Winner. 

All owners of the Top 10 Homes receive a plaque. The overall winner receives the coveted yard sign, winner’s plaque and the LCEC 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. Previous winners of both home and business contests display their yard sign annually and continue to decorate in the spirit of the season. A list of the Top 10 finalists and “Worth Seeing” addresses are supplied to the media and other outlets on December 15 following the preliminary judging so families may visit and enjoy the beauty and originality of the decorated homes throughout the holiday season. The Top 10 homes are listed in the most convenient order for drivers and are available through the press outlets, at the Chamber of Commerce Office or by email request after December 14 to Event Chairman Dave Rice at marcodave@comcast.net. For those joining the car caravan that traditionally follows the judges trolley, lists will be distributed prior to the tour.

Judging teams evaluate every home on every street on Marco. Winners are not eligible to win again for a five-year period.

The Marco Island Christmas House and Business Decorating Committee members and judges for the contest are (pictured from front row left): Judy Sacher, Linda Turner, Rachel Schenk, Lilibeth Nordell, Lyn Bedel, Richard Droste, Co-Chairman Dave Rice, Bob Boland, Sandy Dauch, Mindy Star, Mary Vertin, Betty Newman, and Jackie Strategos. Rear:  Mike Richards, Larry Sacher, Jim Richards, Russ Simmons and Bruce Robertson. 

Not pictured:  Marc and Kristina Creach, Debbie and Marty Roddy, De and Ken Honecker, Steve Josselyn and Bette McGilvrey, Lauri Kalanges, Mike and Carla Mickes, Allyson Richards, Jerry Swiacki. 

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 2022 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 email at marcodave@comcast.net.


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