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Deadline to enter Christmas Lighting Contest is noon Wednesday, Dec. 12

Courier Cares Lighting Contest seeks entries; $1,500 up for first-place winner

From Dec. 21, 2011, Kari, Dustin, Alyssa, and Kaitlyn McMillin gather together in front of their Prescott Valley home. The McMillins were the winners that year. (Courier, file photo)

From Dec. 21, 2011, Kari, Dustin, Alyssa, and Kaitlyn McMillin gather together in front of their Prescott Valley home. The McMillins were the winners that year. (Courier, file photo)

The Daily Courier’s Christmas lighting list and contest has returned, offering $1,500 cash for first place, $1,000 for second, and $500 for third.

Entries are being accepted from anyone in the Quad Cities, newspaper subscriber or not.

The Courier Cares Christmas Lighting Contest is free and open to everyone, said Tim Wiederaenders, senior news editor of The Daily Courier and Prescott News Network.

The cash prizes, this year sponsored by R.E.D. Plumbing, are six times greater than ever before. The last time the Courier staged the contest the largest prize was $250.

The Courier is compiling the list of homes displaying Christmas decorations; for a complete list of the rules, visit CourierContest.com.

The public will get to vote online for the prize winners, Wiederaenders said. And, an interactive map will be available for free on The Daily Courier’s website – dCourier.com. As entries are submitted they will be added to the map.

The contest is open to everyone in western Yavapai County – the quad-city area. The Courier urges everyone to enter, whether they’re interested in the prizes or not, so readers will have plenty of homes to view, Wiederaenders said.

To put your home’s address on the list, visit CourierContest.com; the deadline to enter is noon Wednesday, Dec. 12. Voting begins at noon Thursday, Dec. 13, and ends at noon Thursday, Dec. 20. The winners will be announced on dCourier.com and in The Daily Courier with a story and photos on Christmas Day.

All entries must include the full address, the nearest cross street on each side of the house, a brief description of the décor, hours when your light display generally is turned on, your name, and phone numbers where the Courier can reach you during the day.

The Courier will not publish any phone numbers. Please list your name as you would like it to appear on the online map and in the newspaper, e.g., “Bob and Carol Smith.”

In addition, the Courier is urging people to send photos of their homes, which also will be displayed online, so entrants have a better chance of winning. Many readers might choose winners based only on photos, Wiederaenders said. Send the high-resolution photos through the online form, email them to twieds@prescottaz.com, or mail prints directly to Tim Wiederaenders, c/o The Daily Courier, 8307 E. Highway 69, Suite B, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314. Photos will not be returned.

If anyone has questions, they may call Wiederaenders at 928-445-3333, ext. 2032.