Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Marco Island Lights up for Christmas




The 20th Anniversary Annual Christmas House Decorating Contest Top 10 Finalists

The Marco Island House and Business Decorating Contest Preliminary Judging took place on December 12 and 13 from 6:30 -10:30 PM. Judging teams traveled every street on the Island to view decorated homes.

The contest, originated by Dave Rice in 1997, is a Marco Island tradition. For 2016, Dave and Jeanne co-chaired the event supported by a multitude of well-known, civic-minded citizens. The nine teams of judges evaluated a total of 1,649 decorated single family homes as the tradition to “Light Up Marco” continues.  

The finals are Friday, Dec. 16th with the entire judging committee including LCEC, CEO Dennie Hamilton along to evaluate the Top 10 and select the winner.

The judge’s trolley leaves Centennial Bank, 615 East Elkcam at 6:30 PM and the traditional car caravan is expected to follow for a first-hand viewing of the best of the best.

  The Top 10 finalists and a list of prior winners lit up and properties deemed “Worth Seeing” are listed for those who wish to view Marco’s Christmas décor. The rules state that winners cannot repeat as winners for 5 years to ensure the opportunity for others to be successful. However, many prior winners still decorate and set very high standards for everyone.

“On behalf of the committee, a sincere thank you for all who enjoy the opportunity of “Lighting up Marco” and making everyone’s Christmas and Holiday Season special.  Spending an evening viewing properties is great family entertainment during the holiday season,” Rice said.

The 2016 Top 10 Finalists, in no particular order are:

91 Bermuda

1208 Fruitland

513 Nassau

1710 Winterberry

1591 Galleon

85 Delbrook

865 Swan

1580 Caxambas Court

975 Leo

780 Copeland

Also Worth seeing:

1232 Fruitland

And, Former winners who are not eligible in 2016 but still lighted:

161 Bermuda

151 Channel

1369 N. Collier

The Committee  Consists of:  Dave and Jeanne Rice, Carla and Mike Mickes, Larry and Judy Sacher, Barbara and Keith Dameron. Lyn Bedell and Bob Boland, Bette McGilvray and Steve Josselyn, Sandy Dauch, Dick Niess, Diane and Ken Honecker, Linda Turner and Jerry Swiacki, Kristina Lambros and Marc Creach and Liz and Bill Doyle, and Tricia Dorn, LCEC representative to the committee.

For Additional Information Contact Dave Rice, Chairman,

Email – marcodave@comcast.net

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