Light Up New Jersey in 2021 — Vote for the best holiday lights display in NJ
Merry Christmas! Voting has ended on our contest. Check out the poll results below. We'll be contacting our winner with the great news! We want to thank everyone who submitted a photo of their wonderful holiday lights and decorations — and thank everyone who voted, as well.
It's time to vote!
We asked for the brightest, most creative and breathtaking holiday light displays in New Jersey — and our inbox was inundated with colorful delights.
This was hard — harder than a candy cane left out in the snow — but after making our list and checking it twice, we've narrowed it down to 10 finalists.
Between now and Dec, 24, we'd like you to vote for your favorite. Share with your friends and neighbors on social media and check back once a day to see who's winning!
The lucky winner will get $1,000.
Scroll through the finalists below and vote in the poll. Then keep scrolling to see the best of the rest!
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!
Entry 1: Tim Keenan
Patterson Ave., Titusville
"Tim uses over 40,000 lights for his display. He works many hours to produce the light show timed to music on his own radio station. He also has Santa projected in the downstairs window working in his workshop. There are penguins having a snowball fight and a lighted train in the yard too! Of course, there is Santa’s sleigh and his reindeer, too! He has a 12-foot and 14-foot pole tree that lights up the yard. He has lights on the roof and a tree. He loves Christmas and has been decorating houses since he was 17. He started by decorating his grandma’s house!"
Entry 2: Sheryl Lampasona
Day Street, South Plainfield
"Our home is truly the inspiration of my husband, Gary. There are over 10,000 lights and over 23 hand-drawn cut-out characters that he has made through the years. We have Mickey Mouse & friends, Peanuts, Rugrats, Sponge Bob & friends as well as many others. There are also many other decorations as well. Another highlight is the 24 foot Merry Christmas that lights up our roof. This is truly a labor of love to make everyone smile. Our son, Michael, is also instrumental in helping Gary put up the decorations."
Entry 3: Val Velasquez-Stetz
Hurley Pond Road, Wall
"A happy Christmas scene. Red, white and blue. I'm patriotic and a retired police officer."
Entry 4: Nicole Billow
Bergan Court, Marlton
"I do the entire display (minus the roof) by myself. I started the 2nd week of October and finished Nov 20. I add more and more every year. I love seeing the faces of joy of people and kids who come to see the display. Last year we surprised several families with gifts who otherwise couldn’t afford them."
Entry 5: Bobby & Stephanie Turano
Forest Ave., Lyndhurst
Entry 6: Neil Natanauan
Entry 7: Jacqueline Perez
Entry 8: Joe Strbo
Entry 9: Brian Davies
Squankum Road, Farmingdale
The Christmas Jeep hits the road every year during the holiday season. Wave when you see it!
Entry 10: Michael Cook
Carlson Court, Jackson
"This is our 10th year of doing the show and we have added to it each year. This year's show is our biggest yet, containing 5k pixels, 12,500 LED string lights, four singing trees, four pixel snowflakes, a 3,600-bulb spiral tree and a 1,024-bulb pixel matrix. One of our children was diagnosed with MS several years ago and that diagnosis inspired us to accept donations for the National MS Society. But, more importantly than the donations, we just love doing it. We love bringing as much Christmas joy as possible to those who come and watch the show. After the last two years, we can use all the joy possible."