Winners of Pelham Christmas lights contest named

PELHAM – The Pelham Beautification Board recently announced the winners of the city’s Christmas decorations and lights display contest.

On Tuesday, Dec. 5, members of the Beautification Board journeyed through the city looking for residents and businesses with the best Christmas decorations and lights display.

Initially, city administrator Paula Holly said winners would be named in five categories – best residential, best business, best fire station, honorable mention and the Power Express winner – however, after viewing the lights displays throughout the city, more categories were added.

“We had to expand the categories because there were so many good entries,” Holly said.

The categories were expanded to include traditional lights and decorations winner and honorable mention, contemporary décor and lights winner and honorable mention, small commercial winner and honorable mention, large commercial winner and honorable mention, best nativity, Power Express winner and honorable mention and best fire station.

The Power Express award went to the resident with a lights display that goes above and beyond. This award is for the house best resembling Clark Griswold’s house from the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

Holly said all of the winners and honorable mentions were notified. In addition to sharing the photos of the winning businesses and homes on Facebook, Holly said they will also be shared on all of the city’s social media outlets. The winners in each category typically are honored during a January City Council meeting.

Here are the winners:

2017 Traditional Residential Christmas Lights winner
The home located at 268 Kingscrest Lane is beautiful traditionally decorated home. The white lights on both levels along with welcoming nutcrackers on the porch definitely set a wonderful Christmas tone.
Honorable mention
The home located at 141 Kingscrest Lane features beautifully draped garland across the porch and columns welcoming you to the home. The lights twinkling amongst the garland in the arched window bring a holiday glow to this festive home.

2017 Contemporary Residential Christmas Lights winner
At 157 Lauchlin Lane, you will find beautiful trees in each window and several lit displays focusing on the holidays. The residents even sent drone photos so that the public can get a good look at the decorations.
Honorable mention
At 1107 Weybridge Circle you can enjoy many lit Christmas trees along with snowflakes falling around the main tree in the front.

2017 Small Commercial Christmas Lights winner
Smiley Brothers Specialty Foods recently opened in Pelham and they wasted no time in jumping into the community and participating in the Christmas lights judging. Along with a sleigh perfect for snapping cute photos, the building features a holiday wreath on the door and lights that wrap around the building. Customers can pick up cheeses, meats and ready-made items to make holiday feasts even more special.
Honorable mention
The Cottage of Serendipity recently made the move to U.S. 31 and they have definitely made their presence known. Beautiful lit trees along with a lovely nativity scene welcomes customers in from the street. The décor doesn’t stop there. Decorations guide customer to the store, where they can pick up the perfect gift.

2017 Best Nativity
Driving south on Bearden Road, passersby can’t help but see the beautiful wooden nativity scene shining in the backyard of 104 Cedar Cove Lane. Stop by to view the nativity and drive around front to enjoy the front of the house as well.
Honorable mention
The house at 109 Heather Lane features beautiful white lights along the house and a nativity scene that will remind you of what Christmas is really about.

2017 Power Express winner
Keep your sunglasses handy as you head to 1418 Adams St. This display of Christmas lights will blow you away. Flashing lights, music and decorations provide entertainment and fun to all who stop by.
Honorable mention
The house at 1815 Chandbury Circle can be found nestled in Chandalar just waiting to entertain you for Christmas. Lights are synchronized to music and have a fun rhythm to follow along with. The 13-inch snowman will surely make you smile.

2017 Best Fire Station
At Fire Station No. 2, located on U.S. 31 just south of the Purple Onion, Santa and his sleigh are right by the door to welcome anyone who needs assistance. Travel the candy cane lined sidewalk right up to a sparkling Christmas tree.

2017 Large Commercial Christmas Lights winner
Summer Classics has really set the standard for Large Commercial Christmas Lights this year. From the lighted, tree-lined entrance to the lights infused garland at the door – the store and corporate offices have really embraced the holiday spirit.