Put on some holiday music, untangle those lights and start a new tradition by entering the 2023 Christmas Splendor Exterior Exterior Decorating Contest, presented by the East Peoria Beautification Commission and part of the East Peoria Festival of Lights.
Folepi Christmas Splendor - excessive use of outdoor lighting and decorations, the more the merrier
Festive Inflatables - five or more inflatables on display
Traditional - anything from simple to elegant
In addition, one house receives the Spirit Award, which is the judges' choice.
Professional lighting services as well as 2022 Christmas Splendor contest winners are not eligible to enter.
Judging will start on Tuesday, December 12 and conclude by Wednesday, December 13. All entrants must have the outdoor holiday lights on between 5:30 and 9 p.m. those nights. Contest displays must be visible from curbside.
Awards will be presented at the Tuesday, December 18 East Peoria City Council meeting. The first and second place winners of each building category and the winner of the Spirit Award will receive Festival of Lights ornaments. The Neighborhood Division winner will receive a yard sign.