View & Vote: Schuyler County is Aglow!

Dec 13, 2021

- Community members and visitors are invited to vote in the second annual Holiday Lights - Schuyler Style competition presented by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Warren Homes, WENY, and Seven Mountains Media. It's a month-long contest, so make your plans now to visit Watkins Glen and Schuyler County sometime between December 10, 2021, and January 10, 2022.

From silos and barns to grape arbors and house rooftops, locations in Schuyler County have decorated their houses, lawns, fields, and buildings in the quest for top prizes and bragging rights. View the locations and vote for your favorite the light and holiday displays as a drive-by in vehicles or a stroll-by on foot. The locations and paper ballot can be downloaded (https://tinyurl.com/WGC-HLSS-ballot) or voters may use the online ballot (https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/sv/cmUZcwR/HLSS).

“This family-friendly activity is a fun way to enjoy the holiday spirit without the need to engage with large crowds," said Nigar Hale, executive director of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce. “We're delighted to present the contest, working with area partners, and look forward to some fabulous displays."

Details and contest rules are below.

More than $2,000 in cash prizes plus trophies and ribbons will be awarded to the winners, at the levels of first, second, and third place and honorable mention. Winners will be determined by the public and a panel of judges in the categories of Best Holiday Lights Residential Display (sponsored by Warren Real Estate), Business Display, Organization Display (non-profit or for-profit), and Farm/Barn Display. Additional public-vote awards will be granted in the categories of Best Holiday Lights Local Vote and Best Holiday Lights Visitor Vote (determined by zip codes). Winners will be announced at the Chamber's February monthly mixer on Feb. 2, 2022.

The Holiday Lights — Schuyler Style event is part of the Holiday Happenings & Winter Traditions master calendar compiled by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce. The symbols depicted in the Holiday Happenings & Winter Traditions logo may serve as inspiration as it encompasses symbols of the many cultures of our region. Participants may feature their own holiday celebrations of this time of year, such as Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, Chinese New Year, Los Ponchos, and Winter Solstice. The Chamber and Watkins Glen Promotions also encourage the incorporation of natural items in displays when possible, such as trees and grapevines and Watkins Glen Promotions' theme of Visions of Candy Land. Please note, simple and elegant displays are as welcome as grand electric-light displays.

During the 32 days of display, the lights will remain on between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., from Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2021, through Jan. 10, 2022.