Check out the homes competing in holiday light contests in Wilmington, Carolina Beach

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Dozens of homes in the Cape Fear region are vying for glory in holiday light decorating contests held by the City of Wilmington and the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce. (Port City Daily photo/File)

NEW HANOVER COUNTY — With a local shortage of Christmas trees and an uptick in demand for holiday decorations, it’s clear folks are escaping the pandemic reality in favor of a more cheerful mood.

The City of Wilmington and the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce are each hosting holiday light contests.

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No more driving around dull neighborhoods looking for a little ritz — both contests include handy maps of participating homeowners.

Wilmington

In the City of Wilmington contest (entries are now closed), judging will take place through Dec. 17. The first-place winner will receive $100 and second place will get $50.

View a map of participating Wilmington homes below:

Update: Congratulations to the Wulf family for winning the 2020 competition!

Carolina Beach

As for Pleasure Island, the public will serve as judges.

Now through Dec. 21, viewers can cast a vote for their favorite display by texting 531-710-5927 with the associated house number, displayed on a sign in the front yard.

Local businesses are participating in the holiday decorating contest, too. To vote for your favorite business display, like an image from the event’s Facebook page.

View a map of participating Pleasure Island homes below:


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