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Holiday Happenings and Winter Traditions

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Watkins Glen Chamber of Commerce and Watkins Glen Promotions present...

Holiday Lights - Schuyler Style  

Note: If you want to participate as an entrant (meaning, you light your location) in this contest, please review this information.

Visitors, guests, and members of the community are invited to help us select the 2021 winners of Holiday Lights - Schuyler Style. It's a month-long contest, so make your plans now to visit Watkins Glen and Schuyler County sometime between December 10, 2021, and January 10, 2022.

From silos and barns to grape arbors and house rooftops, locations in Schuyler County are invited to decorate their houses, lawns, fields, and buildings. Visitors, guests, and community members, are able to view the light and holiday displays as a drive-by in vehicles or a stroll-by on foot, using a detailed map, which can be downloaded beginning the evening of Dec. 9. Details and contest rules are below.

More than $2,000 in cash prizes plus trophies and ribbons will be awarded to the winners, which will be announced on Jan. 22, at the levels of first, second, and third place and honorable mention. Winners will be determined by the public and a panel of judges in the categories of Best Holiday Lights Residential Display, Business Display, Organization Display (non-profit or for-profit), and Farm/Barn Display. Additional public-vote awards will be granted in the categories of Best Holiday Lights Local Vote and Best Holiday Lights Visitor Vote (determined by zip codes). Winners will be announced at the Chamber's February monthly mixer on Feb. 2, 2022.

The Holiday Lights — Schuyler Style event is part of the Holiday Happenings & Winter Traditions master calendar compiled by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce. The symbols depicted in the Holiday Happenings & Winter Traditions logo may serve as inspiration as it encompasses symbols of the many cultures of our region. Participants may feature their own holiday celebrations of this time of year, such as Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, Chinese New Year, Los Ponchos, and Winter Solstice. The Chamber and Watkins Glen Promotions also encourage the incorporation of natural items in displays when possible, such as trees and grapevines and Watkins Glen Promotions' theme of Visions of Candy Land. Please note, simple and elegant displays are as welcome as grand electric-light displays.

During the 32 days of display, the lights will remain on between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., from Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2021, through Jan. 10, 2022. All participant registrations must be turned in to the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce at 214 N. Franklin Street, Watkins Glen by 4:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Registration forms are online at

Holiday Lights — Schuyler Style is presented by the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce and Watkins Glen Promotions.



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The map detailing all the stops on the Holiday Lights - Schuyler Style! route, will be available here on Dec. 9, 2021.


To vote for your favorite stop(s) on the Holiday Lights - Schuyler Style! route, come back on December 9 to download the Holiday Lights - Schuyler Style form and email to!


Online ballot will be available on December 10.