Finding the brightest and best-decorated houses around Chatham-kent this Christmas just got easier.
The municipality says it will be working with several community organizations to create a regional map highlighting all of the light displays in Chatham-Kent.
“We wanted to work with communities to provide an opportunity for everyone to see all of Chatham-Kent,” said Manager of Corporate Initiatives Amy Wilcox.
According to Wilcox, in addition to the map, the municipality will run a regional reward and voting program along with Wallaceburg and Blenheim.
“The areas with their own community light display organizations will continue to run their independent area programs,” said Wilcox. “We’re just adding to that so that regionally, everyone has an opportunity.”
All participants that submit a location on the regional map will be entered into the 12 Days of Christmas Draw. This draw will begin on December 1 and run through December 12.
“The owners of the local Canadian Tire stores in Chatham, Tilbury, Wallaceburg, and Blenheim will be providing gift cards for the draw,” said Wilcox.
Voting residents will be allowed to vote “best of”. Residents will be able to vote using Let’s Talk Chatham-Kent, the one-line community engagement tool. Residents will not need to sign up for the tool to enter a vote. Those with the highest votes for each category will receive a gift card from the sponsor.
People are being asked to decorate their homes with holiday lights and post photos, and list neighbourhoods on the Let’s Talk Chatham-Kent webpage to allow the public to view the photos online or to drive or walk through the listed neighbourhoods.
Using the Let’s Talk Chatham-Kent tool, residents are able to place a “pin” on the map.
The tool also allows the resident to include the actual address of the display and an image. Residents will be asked to only provide “pins” or an address to their own location, and coordinators from other light display websites will only include those locations that they have received permission to share.
“Public Health and Chatham-Kent Police Services have no issues with the project but would like to remind people to enjoy the light displays while keeping social distance measures in place and that they should not operate a motor vehicle while using a hand-held device,” said Wilcox.
In addition, the map is mobile phone friendly, so residents can take it with them when touring.
Residents will be able to start registering their homes on November 15, 2021.
Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News