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Time to create a ‘Christmas Town’ this holiday season

November 13, 2014
Editorial , Lake Placid News

Ready or not, holiday time is here, and making our resort communities look and feel festive is important to our local economy.

To encourage residents and business owners to decorate their properties for Christmas, the visitors bureaus in Lake Placid and Wilmington are holding contests once again.

In Wilmington - the home of Santa's Workshop - it's only fitting that the Whiteface Mountain Regional Visitors Bureau is trying to get everyone to decorate their buildings in a way that makes their home a true "Christmas Town."

Here's what people can do to make Wilmington shine for the holidays:

Step 1: Decorate your house with lights, props and greenery. Be creative. They like that.

Step 2: Take a photo of your finished product.

Step 3: Email it to by Dec. 10. Make sure your street address, name and phone number are included.

Step 4: Check the Whiteface Visitors Bureau Facebook page regularly to see all the photos.

Step 5: Wait to see if you are one of the winners.

It's that easy. The first-place winner will get $100 cash from Santa's Workshop. The second-place prize is a $75 gas certificate from the Little Super Market. And the third-place prize is a $50 gift certificate from the Wilderness Inn. For more information, call Michelle Preston at the Visitors Bureau at 518-946-2255.

Timing is important in Wilmington, as the town needs to "shine" for the first weekend of Santa's Workshop's Yuletide Family weekends, which will be Friday, Nov. 21.

In Lake Placid, the Village Holiday Decorating Contest is about to start.

For commercial properties, one prize will be awarded this year for each of the following categories: Best of Show, Olympic/Miracle On Ice (this year is the 35th anniversary), Retail Windows, Civic Properties and Churches, Resorts, Hotel/Motel, B&Bs/Inns, Commercial (other than lodging) and Best New Display. Plaques will be presented to commercial winners.

Residential owners are encouraged to get creative. Traditionally the awards included categories such as Most Elegant, Best Gingerbread Theme, Children's Delight and others. The judging panel will look at these and create other categories along their judging journeys. There will be gift certificate prizes for the residential winners donated by local businesses.

This year's awards will be presented at the Holiday Village Stroll Opening Party at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, at the Conference Center at Lake Placid. A panel of judges annually selects the properties whose decorations, in their collective opinion, represent the best of Lake Placid. Judges are volunteer representatives from the Lake Placid Beautification Association and the Lake Placid Garden Club, as well as the community at large. The committee is supported by staff from the Lake Placid CVB, which provides funding for the annual commercial property awards.

Residents and businesses who would like their property to be judged should ensure that decorative lights are on by 5 p.m. during each night between Dec. 5 and 9. Individual judges will make their rounds each night between those dates. Properties located outside the main village area and not on main roads should contact Sue Cameron at the Visitors Bureau at 518-621-3662 to be added to the list of properties to judge, or with any questions.

Happy decorating, and thanks for helping the Olympic Region shine this holiday season.



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