Christmas Lighting Challenge Inspires Striking Displays

Emily Ness
Updated: December 13, 2019 10:45 PM

Christmas comes but once a year and homes and businesses alike have decked the halls with lights that take people’s breath away. Some are doing it on behalf of the 2019 Christmas Lighting Challenge.

“We restarted the Christmas Lighting Challenge kind of out of the desire that we like to decorate our home during Christmastime and we also like to go out as a family and check out all the lights” Peter Cpin, owner of Christmas Lighting Challenge said.

The challenge includes homes and businesses across the Northland. Many glitter with lights that stretch from railings leading up steps to roofs holding down forts. Windows, doors and light posts too—shimmer in the snow.

“I love to decorate and I enjoy Christmas and the spirit and I really thought that when people came in, they’d be much more cozy and warm,” Tracy Somerville, owner of Wine Seller Winery in Superior said.

Somerville was excited to learn about the competition through the Superior Chamber of Commerce.

“They told us about it and wanted the businesses to get involved,” Somerville said.

Cpin says that the Christmas Lighting Challenge has grown substantially since he and his family restarted it five years ago.

“Its fun to have some fun and have a little bit of a competition and yet, still be able to create a fun list of lights and a map for families to go out and relive those memories and make some new memories,” Cpin said.

Over time, many have showcased striking displays

“We’ve been doing our home like this—synced to music. We call it the exhibition drive holiday sound and light show. We’ve been doing it since 2012,” Ryan Kern, past winner said. “We’re considered the masters category now which is fine—its great because it gets people to come out here and check out the light show and for the purity that it is—just enjoying the holidays and the Christmas spirit.”

The beauty of Christmas spirit is that it is expressed uniquely by everyone.

“We usually stick to blue and white. I’m getting into the inflatables against my better half’s opposition as well,” Michael Wilson, current participant said. “This is the first year we’ve done it to music too and it’s been very challenging. I love seeing people’s reactions though.”

Competition aside, the challenge intends to light up the lives of Northlanders one bulb, strand or inflatable decoration at a time.

Those who would like to see a full list of participating homes and businesses can do so here. Voting ends on December 19th and the winners will be announced on December 20th.


Emily Ness

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