Spectacular decorations are up all over the valley, with an impressive inflatable display up in Fernie’s Ridgemont neighbourhood, boasting over 18 Christmas characters. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Spectacular decorations are up all over the valley, with an impressive inflatable display up in Fernie’s Ridgemont neighbourhood, boasting over 18 Christmas characters. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Elk Valley homes light up the holidays

Adding to the festivities, the Sparwood chamber is hosting a Holiday House Decorating Contest

Despite the changes and challenges of 2020, Elk Valley residents are spreading holiday hype with dazzling displays of lights and inflatable holiday characters.

Getting in on the Christmas fun, the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce along with the Sparwood’s Future’s Society are hosting a Holiday House Decorating Contest this December.

“This evening is a lot of fun, some people really go out and light up our town,” said Beverly MacNaughton, executive director of the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce.

“People look forward to driving around and seeing all of the beautiful lights and decorations. I have heard by many, it is an annual event for families.”

According to MacNaughton, the judges are looking for the homes, balconies, trailers and yards that stand out the most – be it from lights, decorations, or any other creative means.

“We hope to reward new people every year, however there is a couple in our town that go extreme every year and you cannot disregard them,” added MacNaughton.

With many residents spending ample time at home this winter, MacNaughton believes that more people than ever will take the time to drive around the district to check out this year’s displays.

Judging the Holiday House Decorating Contest will take place on Dec. 21 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., with prizes and certificates awarded to the top 16 houses, trailers, balconies or yards. Finalists will be announced on the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page.

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