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Join the Castlegar Merry & Bright holiday decoration contest

Castlegar News partners with the City of Castlegar to bring you the best decorations
Merry and Bright most creative winner 2021 Photo: Jennifer Small

The City of Castlegar has partnered with Castlegar News, FortisBC, and Mercer Celgar to bring a Merry & Bright holiday decoration contest to Castlegar again this season.

Judges will tour Castlegar after dark on Saturday, Dec. 17, and select first and second-place winners for the best and most creative holiday displays. The winners will be announced in the Dec. 22 edition of the Castlegar News and will share $1,500 in gift certificates to Castlegar restaurants, activities, shops, and stores.

“We are excited to see Castlegar get into the holiday spirit and light up all areas of our community,” says Councillor Sue Heaton-Sherstobitoff, chair of the Community Wellness and Social Services Committee. “We have added an online map this year, making it easier to find homes with the best decorations and lights throughout the merriest month of all — December.”

How to enter

Send a photo of your holiday display and address via email to

The city will add entries to the Merry & Bright map throughout the month. View the map at

Only Castlegar residents are eligible to win the prizes, but we hope our friends in the surrounding rural areas will also light up their neighbourhoods.