Christmas and Holiday Spirit Awards

The Christmas Spirit Awards are presented annually before the Christmas holiday. The contest is open to all residences and businesses. 


Judges will be viewing decorations on residences, storefronts, building exteriors and display windows from a vehicle passing slowly or stopping in front. Judges will not leave the vehicle for close viewing of decorations. This year's judging will take place on December 18.


  • Entrants must have their Christmas lights on by dusk.
  • Businesses and house numbers must be clearly marked for judges to see.
  • All decisions of the judges are official and final.

Judging Criteria

  • Animation
  • Attractive use of light and color
  • Creative display of theme
  • Entry and windows decor
  • Originality and creativity
  • Overall effect
  • Use of non-lighting decorations
  • Yard decoration

Award Categories

  • Avondale Elegance - Elegantly displayed decor in the yard and the home interior and exterior, as seen from the street; a Southern Living/Martha Stewart effect.
  • Business Award - For the most creative, original display of holiday cheer by a business.
  • Children’s Appeal - Decorations that children like the most.
  • Sparkle and Pizzazz - Homes with the most artistic and creative use of lights or animation.