The evening was fairly warm and calm on Dec. 21 to tally the votes of the Holiday Lights Contest in Kipling.
Residents had the chance to vote for their top three choices during the few weeks prior as townfolk were encouraged to keep their lights on each and every night for judging.
Starting the night was Santa Claus making his trip around Kipling waving to everyone and getting everyone in the holiday spirit. Kids and parents alike waited patiently to see Santa make his way around to their block.
Bags of groceries for the Food Bank were being dropped off steadily throughout the evening at the Town Hall while the judging was being tallied on the Christmas displays of lights.
Due to the changing public health orders, the town was unable to provide hot chocolate as was first advertised, so donations were being dropped off without the opportunity to stick around for a visit and have that drink to warm the belly.
Taking first place with 41 votes was Karen Stefanuik at 316 Second Street, winning $75. Second place with 31 votes was Colby Sproat at 302 Third Street, winning $50. And third place was won by Tyler and Tara Carter with 28 votes at 105 Willowdale Avenue, taking home $25.
Thanks to PIC for sponsoring the prize money.
There were no honourable mentions although there were many locations in the running with outstanding decorations to get everyone in the holiday spirit.