Lights get ready to rumble

Getting into the Christmas spirit will be a little easier this year with the inaugural Viera Bright Lights Battle.

“We went out around last year in the neighborhood and took video and photos of beautifully decorated homes,” said Jill Blue, the publisher of the Viera Voice. “We posted them on Facebook for everyone to see.  People were asking, ‘where are these houses?’ So, they could see the beautiful lights.”

The holiday house decorating competition, sponsored by the Viera Voice and Space Coast Trim Light, will reward houses in four categories — Clark Griswold, Best Theme, Traditional and Best of Show.

There also will be a business exterior category, which will allow local businesses to share the holiday spirit.  

“I thought it would be fun to bring the community together for a holiday lights battle,” Blue said. “I knew after last holiday that this was something I wanted to do for this year. The HOA runs a Suntree contest, so we are going to do one in Viera.”

Participants must reside in Viera, and houses must be registered for the contest with Viera Voice by Dec. 7. Judging will take place Dec. 11 to 15.

“Let’s spread some holiday cheer and spirit,” Blue said. “Let’s create some holiday memories and make new friends.”

All participants will be required to have their lights and decorations in operation by Dec. 8. The public must be able to see the lights and decorations from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Decorations must be installed by the participant. 

Only decorations visible from the roadway will be subject to judging. Judges will determine the category which best suits the entry. Suggestions are encouraged.

Entries will be judged on originality, overall design, use of color and lights, workmanship, display and curb appeal.

According to the Smithsonian, an estimated 150 million light sets are sold in the U.S. each year. An estimated 80 million homes are lit with Christmas lights and they consume 6 percent of the nation’s electrical load each December.