A favorite holiday tradition in Hannibal is the annual drive around town to see Christmas lights. Hannibal Parks & Recreation (HPR) is hoping to make it easier to find those houses that show off holiday spirit and reward them as well. In a Holiday House Decorating contest, families and individuals can decorate their home for the holidays and take an exterior photo or video of it for judging.

Anyone who sends in an entry is on a list of decorated houses. There is a contest portion, but the main idea is to provide a list to people who want to see the lights and decorations.

Categories for prizes are:

  • Clark Griswold
  • Anything Goes
  • Mayor’s Choice
  • Best Use of Scene or Theme
  • Most Holiday Spirit
  • Creative Use of Lights

Entries will be judged by the Hannibal mayor James Hark, Hannibal Arts Council director Michael Gaines, Hannibal Chamber of Commerce director McKenzie Disselhorst and others. Winners will receive a prize donated by SC Data, along with a sign donated by Park Place Sign Systems.

Entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. December 20, judging will be December 21. The contest is open to Hannibal residents. Rules are available at HPR office at 320 Broadway or at the Hannibal Parks & Recreation website, www.hannibalparks.org

Addresses of entries will be available on Hannibal Parks & Recreation website, www.hannibalparks.org; and photos and addresses will be available on the Hannibal Parks Facebook page.

Winning entries will be published in the Christmas edition of the Hannibal Courier-Post.

Submissions must be emailed to mlrichards@hannibal-mo.gov.