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 viewed decorations on residences, storefronts, building exteriors and display windows from a vehicle passing slowly or stopping in front. Judges did not leave the vehicle for close viewing of decorations. This year's judging took place on December 16.


  • 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

Winners and 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.

Stephen & Natalie Schneider
67 Dartmouth Avenue

Dave & Pat Frontier Maddox
34 Kensington Road

Business Award - For the most creative, original display of holiday cheer by a business.

P’s in the Pod, 120 N Avondale Road

Children’s Appeal - Decorations that children like the most.

Matt Delicata & Katrina Helz
8 Clarendon Avenue

Steve & Mary Ellen Moore
45 Wiltshire Drive

Sparkle and Pizzazz - Homes with the most artistic and creative use of lights or animation.

Mark & Katie Abel
3087 Majestic Circle

Kevin & Carrie Galpin
74 Lakeshore Drive

Tim Oliver & Terry Skinner
867 Nottingham Drive