Turn up the music and the fun!
It’s one of our favorite Christmas family traditions we enjoy each year. One year we even gave it a Polar Express theme! We make an evening of it by making popcorn and hot chocolate, piling in the car in our jammies (just the kids when they were little) and our blankets, and getting the playlist ready.
To ramp up our yearly Christmas light family night (and help the kids pay a little more attention) I came up with a way to celebrate the hard work neighbors put into their homes for the holidays. It added in an extra element of excitement for the kids too.
CHRISTMAS LIGHT AWARDS
HERE’S HOW IT WORKS
Some years we took turns giving the awards and personally signed the certificate. This year I'm printing a set for every single one of us!
An additional fun twist to these awards is you can knock on the receivers door and give it to them personally or you can be sneaky and tape it to there door. One year we gave the gand prize winner a pie from United!
Either way it’s super fun to give these awards to the best lit homes in your town.
- The Minimalist – Simple and clean light display
- The White Lights – Most beautiful white lights display
- The Inflatables – Most inflatables per square foot
- The Reason for the Season – Best Nativity display
- The Griswold – Sparing no expense of Christmas spirit!
- The Disco Fever – Best projection lights and/or music
- Blank – make-up your own award to give!
This home will have a simple and clean light display. They will have the windows and home trimmed and lights carefully placed. Or possibly they may only have one tree decorated or one window decorated.
THE WHITE LIGHTS HOUSE
This home will be decorated will all white lights! No multi colors to be found on this house.
THE INFLATABLES HOUSE
Every inch of this homes front yard is filled with inflatable decorations. Maybe they even skipped putting up Christmas lights at all.
THE REASON FOR THE SEASON
A nativity scene will be the focus of this person’s yard. Possibly a wooden stable with lifelike figures or a beautifully lit manger scene.
THE GRISWOLD HOUSE
Lights covered every inch of this persons home and yard. The roof, the grass and the trees are all lit with lights!
THE DISCO FEVER HOUSE
Projection lights or lights timed with music would fit this award perfectly.
Create your own award for a home. This one is just for you and your family.
As you drive around town take note of which homes may be a candidate for each award (write the street name and house number). Use the Christmas Light Judges Sheet to help you keep track of your favorites. After taking a spin around you can take a hot chocolate break to tally up the votes and then travel back to each winners home to present the awards. Sometimes we just stop the moment we see "the one" to give the award right then.
GIVING THE AWARD
You can give a little gift with the award like a candy cane, chocolate bar or Christmas ornament. Or just give the award itself.
We can't wait to hear how your Christmas Light Tour goes this year.