Marysville holds fourth annual Christmas Lighting Contest

MARYSVILLE, KS – The city of Marysville is holding its fourth annual Christmas Lighting Contest.

The event is organized by Marysville Convention and Tourism. This year, 44 homes and 10 local businesses all over town are decked out in holiday decor.

Visitors and residents of Marysville pick up a map at Wagon Wheel Cafe on Broadway Street, drive around and vote for their favorite displays.

Marysville director of tourism Michelle Whitesell says those who choose to vote on the best lights better give themselves plenty of time.

“We are a pretty small town,” Whitesell said. “You can see a lot of lights within a small geographic area. So, it’s just really fun. It’d take about an hour to go around and see them all. You know, pop in that CD of Christmas music or something, and it’d be a fun night on the town.”

Marysville is a town of about 3,200 in northern Kansas, covering 4.5 square miles. Whitesell says she’ll receive up to 1,000 ballots from a 10-county radius for the lighting contest. The winner will be announced the day after Christmas.

The grand prize is $150 worth of gift certificates to be spent at local Marysville businesses.

Displays are voted on by the following categories:

First place: People’s Choice Award

Second place: Clark Griswold Award. “The one that’s just a little over the top,” Whitesell said.

Third Place: Reason for the Season Award for the best classic Christmas look

“People can interpret those however they like,” Whitesell said. “It just brings a lot of pride and camaraderie around here.”

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