Highland County Recreation Commission Sponsors Holiday Lights Contest


The Highland County Recreation Commission is inviting Highland County residents and businesses to enter this year’s Holiday Lights Contest. Entries will be judged in the following categories:


The Clark Griswold Award – This holiday favorite house will be completely decked- out with lights and decorations, just like in the movie! Prize, $100.


The Gingerbread House Award – Make spirits bright! This category is sure to bring the creative baking inspiration of the season to life with pops of color, as a local Highland County home is turned into a gingerbread house. Prize, $75


The Classic Holiday Elegance Award – Spread good tidings of comfort and joy with a cozy and classic Christmas theme. This category is very traditional, clean, crisp and tidy to celebrate the traditions of the holiday. Prize, $50.


The Winter Wonderland Award: Bring some fun to the table! This category is the classic embodiment of Christmas with a luxuriously enchanting and whimsical portrayal of a snow-capped icicle wonderland. Prize, $25.


All entries will be entered into a holiday lights driving tour.


For all businesses, big and small, there’s a category for the Best Decorated Business Award.


You must enter by email or mail by December 20. Include the following information:



Address of home you are entering

Phone number

Email address

Category entry


Email is hcrc@highlandcountyrecreation.org or mail to:


PO Box 428

Monterey, VA 24465


Judging will take place December 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and winners will be announced on December 22. 

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Brit Chambers

Brit Chambers is a resident of Highland County, Virginia and a news reporter for Allegheny Mountain Radio. She loves living in a small town and relishes the outdoor adventures and community feeling that Highland has to offer. Brit has a background in journalism, marketing, and public relations and spends her free time reading good books, baking sourdough bread, and hiking with her family.

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