Bourbonnais Announces Holiday Lighting Contest

Bourbonnais, IL – The Village of Bourbonnais presents the fourth annual “Holiday Homes & Holly Jolly Lighting Contest.” The community event encourages outdoor festive lighting and decorations during the holiday season. An online map of all entry addresses will be available for public viewing December 1 through the 25. Returning this year is the option to choose participation solely as a “Holiday Home” on the tour or additionally be included in the “Holly Jolly Lighting Contest.”

Residents will have a chance to win in both Traditional and People’s Choice categories. The “Holiday Homes & Holly Jolly Lighting Contest” is open to all Village of Bourbonnais residents and free to participate. Registration is now open through Monday, November 27, at 4:30 pm.

Marketing & Public Engagement Manager, Lindy Casey, revealed the 2022 online map was viewed approximately 30,000 times and over 5,400 People’s Choice votes were tallied, which is the highest engagement to-date. 2021 included 4,400 votes.

“During COVID, this event originated as a safe way for families to still be able to get out and enjoy the festive season at a time when annual holiday events were being canceled, due to precautionary measures,” Casey explained.

“While the contest is for village residents, we have visitors from all over coming to enjoy the streamlined route. We take the guesswork out of where to look in Bourbonnais for beautifully decorated homes.”

Official judging will take place in the Traditional category by an outside panel of judges. People’s Choice voting will take place via the Village of Bourbonnais’ Facebook page December 1 through December 11. All winners will be notified and announced.

Registration forms are available at the Village of Bourbonnais’ Administration Office at 600 Main St. NW during business hours Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or can be downloaded at

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