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Posted on: November 7, 2023

4th Annual Holiday Lights Contest

Holiday Lights Contest

The City of Derby invites you to participate in the 4th Annual Holiday Lights Contest sponsored by MJB Heating & Cooling, a Rheem Pro Partner. The event runs from Dec. 2-23. 

There are two themed categories picked by judges plus a People's Choice winner determined by Facebook likes. 

Santa’s Favorite - Best Lights
As Santa rides his sleigh around Derby, which house will catch his eye? White lights, multi-colored lights or maybe even green? Start decorating early to capture Santa’s prize. The winner will receive a $200 cash prize and 2nd place will win a Santa-themed gift basket. 

Elves’ Favorite - Best Decorations
If Santa’s elves join him when he delivers presents, which house will have the most fun and interesting décor? A lighted reindeer or perhaps an inflatable character or hand-crafted decorations will do the trick. The house that provides entertainment for the elves will surely be the winner of this category. The winner will receive a $200 cash prize and 2nd place will win an Elf-themed gift basket. 
People’s Choice
Do you have what it takes to win the popular vote? All entries will be photographed and listed on the City’s Facebook page to get the public’s feedback on your lights and decorations. Get your family and friends on board to “like” your photo for a chance to win. The winner with the most likes will receive a $200 cash prize and 2nd place will win a Derby Proud gift basket. 

*Entries can only win one category. If an entry wins two categories, we will award the second place entry.

Register online at by Sunday, Nov. 26. Lights and decorations must be ready by Nov. 27. Photos of each house will be taken the week of Nov. 27. 

Questions? Contact Kristy Bansemer at 788-1519 ext. 1229 or

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