Light Up Carleton Place Contest



Light Up Carleton Place will officially commence today on November 23 in conjunction with the Santa Claus Parade, kicking-off the holiday season.

The Christmas Lights Contest aims to celebrate the Christmas season, recognizing residents for the hard work, dedication, time and holiday spirit put into their displays at their home, business or organization.

Those wishing to participate should send their name, address and telephone number via email to  with a photo of their entry anytime between November 23 and December 16 by 4:00 pm. Incomplete entries will be disqualified.

The winners will be announced the week of December 22. The judge’s panel will be announced shortly.

The judge’s criteria will include: first impression, originality, and design.

Please note: It is not necessary to have millions of lights– as we are looking for displays that represent “The soul of  Carleton Place Christmas”

Contest Summary:

  • Entries must be located in Town of Carleton Place only 
    • Applications will be accepted starting November 23, 2019


  • Entry Deadline: December 16th, 2019 at 4:00 pm
  • Top locations are selected by a judge’s panel between December 16-22, 2019
  • Judging Criteria: First Impression, Originality and Design
  • Prizes for top three HOME/RESIDENCE winners: First prize $100 Second Prize $75 Third Prize $50
  • Prize for Best business display $50 

Eligibility: The campaign is open to anyone located within the Town of Carleton Place
boundaries (businesses, community facilities and residences) ONLY

To qualify, your holiday display must include Christmas lights (either
traditional bulbs, LED bulbs, or projected lights.) You may also include
other decorations in your yard or your apartment balcony, such as music,
yard ornaments, etc.

Please use reasonable caution in hanging decorations, especially from trees and rooflines. Safety first! You must abide by all applicable county and/or municipal by-laws, and respect your neighbours’ property boundaries and
light pollution.

Judging will be based on “curb appeal” as viewed from the street only. Therefore only those decorations located on the residence/building that are facing the street of the property address will be judged (corner lots will be judged from both streets that the property is on). Judges will not enter the property to view back or side yards.

Release: By entering the contest participants agree to have one or more photos of their decorated location exterior posted on social media. Participants agree there will be no compensation of any kind for said posting or publication.

Prior to receiving the prize, the winner will be required to show valid photo
ID and to sign a declaration of eligibility and release form releasing the
sponsors and its respective related parties from any and all liability in
connection with the campaign and/or the prize, confirming compliance with
the rules and consenting to the use of his or her name and photograph, in
any and all forms of media, without further compensation, in any publicity
carried out by the Sponsors and/or their advertising and promotional

The Sponsors are not liable for any lost, late, misdirected or stolen or inability to
process entries, or any errors, damage or negligence that may arise in
connection with this campaign, including technical failures on the part of
campaign software, virus, website down-time, human error or property
damage incurred by any campaign entrant. The Sponsors are not
responsible for any errors or omissions in printing or advertising this
Contest. If a dispute arises regarding who submitted an entry, the entry
will be deemed to be ineligible.

The town of Carleton Place is not responsible for anything to do with this contest.

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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