For the second straight year, the Upper Arlington Civic Association is encouraging homeowners to hang festive lights and arrange other indoor and outdoor displays for the organization's holiday house-decorating contest.

The deadline to have houses decorated and enter them in the contest is 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. Registration can be completed via the "Holiday House Decorating Contest" link at uaca.org.

According to UACA rules, entrants must register their homes in the contest or be nominated by an "admirer" in order to be judged.

"Judging runs Monday, Dec. 10, through Wednesday, Dec. 12," said Mark Reitz, a UACA member heading up this year's contest. "Select volunteer Upper Arlington Civic Association alumni board members will judge."

Once again this year, there are several decorating categories:

* Clark Griswold: excessive use of outdoor lighting and decorations.

* Inside-Out: indoor displays visible from the street.

* Anything Goes: no specific theme but that elicit a 'Wow!' from viewers.

* Neat As a Pin: crisp, tidy and extremely orderly.

* Best Front Door/Entry: welcoming.

* Best Overall: judges' choice.

Like last winter, when the UACA alumni board brought back the contest after a roughly 20-year hiatus, winners will receive commemorative yard display signs.

"We are hoping that this catches on, similar to the neighborhood signs that are given as awards for the Fourth of July parade and posted on street signs in the neighborhood," said Doug Peterson, a past UACA director who was director in charge of the UACA director alumni group in 2017 when the contest was re-introduced.

Reitz said the contest is a fun way to ring in the holidays and to show both holiday and community spirit.

He said the contest is free to enter, but stressed the importance of registering by the 3 p.m. deadline Dec. 9.

"It's a great way to get into the holiday spirit and show off your creativity," Reitz said.

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