AUBURN, Mass. – The Christmas spirit is starting to pick up around town with homes and businesses putting up light displays, and the town of Auburn wants to hand out awards for the best display of holiday spirit.
Kristen Pappas, Auburn’s director of recreation and culture, is hoping more residents and business owners register their houses and businesses by Thursday for the upcoming holiday lights event and contest. People also can nominate houses and businesses for “Light Up Auburn,” Pappas said.
“We have a couple houses registered, and hopefully we can get more people interested,” Pappas said. “You can win a prize and have bragging rights for the next year.
“It’s our fourth year having this fun event, and people always enjoy it,” she added.
Participants need to register or get nominated for the free contest by Thursday to be included on the driving map for judging, which will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13. Prizes will be awarded for winners in the resident and business categories.
State Rep. Paul Frost’s traditional display at 308 Rochdale St. is registered for the contest, Pappas said. In addition, the Dawson family’s house with twinkling lights and candy canes at 24 Lesley Ave. is registered.
There will be free hot cocoa, coffee and homemade baked goods at the Dec. 13 fun-filled holiday event for the public at the Auburn Senior Center, 4 Goddard Drive. In addition, the event will include music and crafts for children.
The event and contest are sponsored by the Auburn’s Department of Recreation and Culture. For more information or to register/make a nomination, call 508-832-7736 or email KPappas@town.auburn.ma.us.