A life-sized Santa Claus climbing a ladder near a front door. An antique manger decorated with vintage multi-colored bulbs. A Christmas village with a decades-old Lionel train set running through it.
These are just a few of the sights we saw on our first Deck the Halls holiday decorating contest last year, during which we visited more than 30 of the best-decorated homes on the North Fork. This time, we hope to see even more holiday spirit as we bring the contest back for a second season.
The winner will once again receive a $1,000 gift certificate to Riverhead Building Supply, the contest’s grand prize sponsor.
To participate, you’ll need to fill out the form below or email the relevant information to [email protected]. All residents of Southold and Riverhead towns (including residents in Flanders, Riverside and Northampton) are eligible to enter, with the exception of last year’s grand-prize winner and employees of Times Review Media Group. Last year’s finalists and honorable mention recipients are also encouraged to enter. The deadline to complete your entry form is Saturday, Dec. 5.
We will do a pre-round of judging Dec. 6-11.
The 10 finalists will need to be home the evening of Sunday, Dec. 13, when our judges — all members from our staff — will make the final rounds to decide which home is the best decorated. We will email all finalists at least one day before our visit to let you know an approximate time we’ll stop by. Our judges will arrive in a van provided by Red Carpet Limo of Rocky Point, the event’s new transportation sponsor.
We will judge your home based on style and taste, the difficulty of setting up the decorations and the uniqueness of your display. We will consider interiors, exteriors or both.
The winning house will be featured on our real estate page in the Dec. 17 issue, along with three honorable mention recipients.
Do you think you have the best-decorated house on the North Fork? Once again, we aim to find out.