Send us tips/photos/videos

[gtranslate]
Search

PHOTOS: Claus Applause holiday decorating contest winners announced

Add Your Heading Text Here

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Posted on: December 18, 2014

BY CAROLINE SELLE AND REBECCA BENNETT — On Wednesday, Dec. 17, a total of eight Hyattsville residents and City of Hyattsville employees gathered for the judging of the annual Claus Applause Holiday Decorating Contest. Fueled by sugar cookies and holiday music, the group traveled around the city with scorecards to take notes on all contest entries.

Some of the displays blinked, others twinkled. Judges saw Santas, candy canes, snow globes, reindeer, icicles, and more. Some of the displays wowed the judges. “Look at that blue!” Someone cried out.

According to Recreation Event Coordinator Cheri Everhart, councilmembers used to go out and judge all of the houses in their wards, but three years ago, the city modeled a nomination system after the City of Bowie.

Ward 3 resident Peggy Dee said she got involved judging the holiday lights competition several years ago with former Councilmember Krista Atteberry. A Ward 4 resident judge said he decided to get more involved in the community after attending recent meetings for the Hyattsville City Council and the code compliance committee.

This year, residents can still take their own tour of the 2014 winning houses.

There are several ways residents can get involved in 2015. Residents can nominate their own house or a neighbor’s house. Judges saw many decorated houses in every ward that had not been nominated this year. Additionally, residents can sign up to be contest judges next year, which includes a free holiday lights tour around the city by default.

The 2014 winners are listed below by category. A Mayor’s Choice Award indicates the house the judges felt somehow went beyond the rest. A Green Award indicates reduced environmental impact. A first, second, and third place was also chosen for each ward.

Awards will be presented at the Hyattsville City Council meeting on Jan. 5.

Mayor’s Choice Award: Ward 4

Green Award: Ward 2

Ward 1 Winners

Ward 2 Winners

Ward 3 Winners

Ward 4 Winners

Ward 5 Winners

Some of the other entries:

Share:

Facebook
Threads
Twitter

The Streetcar Suburbs Spotlight

Local news and events straight to your inbox

Free! Cancel anytime.

Have a tip?

Send us tips/photos/videos

Related Posts

Then & Now:The Victorian home: fussy or fabulous?

BY RANDY FLETCHER If you’re preparing to sell your home, a real estate agent will almost certainly recommend that you declutter and depersonalize the space...

Church holds petting zoo to honor Jesus’ birth

By Rachel Logan Barnyard animals and eager tots mingled on the lawn at Hope Lutheran Church on Dec. 12 as part of the church’s first...

Nature Nearby: Not necessarily a ‘Silent Night’

By FRED SEITZ — p‘Twas a few days past Christmas and all through my house, several critters were stirring, especially house mouse (Mus musculus). My...