Christmas Lighting Contest 

Residential Division

Get in the holiday spirit and win some awesome prizes! Enter in the annual Christmas Lighting Contest! To compete in one of the following categories, please fill out this entry form.


Faith-Based display

Best display with a faith-based theme.

Sponsor: TBD

Prize: $30 towards a pizza party at your church


Nostalgic display

Best old-fashioned, classic display with reminds-me-of-my-childhood characteristics.

Sponsor: Lake Mills Graphic

Prize: Year Subscription and $20 LM Bucks


Clark Griswold display

Excessive, FAMILY-FRIENDLY use of outdoor lighting and decoration.

Sponsor: City of Lake Mills

Prize: $50 credit towards electric bill


Inside-Out display

Indoor displays that are visible from the street.

Sponsor: Christianson Interiors

Prize: $30 store credit


Charlie Brown-iest display

Best decorations on a dog house, tool shed, barn, outhouse...anything but your home!

Sponsor: TBD

Prize: $30 store credit


Overall Grand Prize

Community favorite regardless of theme*.

Sponsor: Lake Mills Chamber Development Corporation

Grand Prize: $150 LM Bucks


*Can not be a winner of any of the above categories AND the Overall Grand Prize. Grand Prize Winner will be selected first, followed by category winners.


Rules and Entry Form

Participation is open to all residents within the boundaries of the City of Lake Mills. Entry is free, no cost or fees apply. Contest is for exterior decorations only, including decorations in windows that are visible from the exterior. Judging will be done from outside the residence and will be based on “curb appeal” as viewed from the street only. Therefore only those decorations located on the street side of the property will be judged (corner lots can be judged from both streets).


Entry applications must be received no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. Displays must be up by 12:00 pm on Saturday, December 12. Voting will be held the evening of Saturday, December 12, through Thursday, December 17.  Winners will be announced in the Lake Mills Graphic the week following voting. Entrants are required to have their lights on display during the evening hours of the voting time frame, and are encouraged to have them on outside of these requirements. 

Register by Wednesday, December 2! {CLOSED!}

Voting will be open Saturday, Dec. 12 through Wednesday, Dec. 16!

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Lake Mills, IA 50450


phone 641-592-3251 

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