The Merion Village Association will hold its eighth annual Holiday Lights Tour from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 throughout the area.

The Merion Village Association will hold its eighth annual Holiday Lights Tour from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 throughout the area.

As with the association's previous holiday tours, there will be several prizes available for participants.

The prizes are Best Decorated Door, Best Holiday Spirit, the Griswold Award (for the zaniest decorations), the Irene Offenburger Doughton Award (for traditional decorations) and the People's Choice Award.

Each award category is sponsored by an individual or business in the area.

To take place in the competition, decorations must be in place by 5 p.m. Dec. 4. Entry forms should be delivered to the Merion Village Information Center, 1330 S. Fourth St. Call 614-444-3144 for more information.

Tour maps will be available at the Gates-Fourth United Methodist Church, 1234 S. Fourth St., the night of the tour. Winners will be announced at the Merion Village Holiday Potluck, which takes place at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Gates-Fourth United Methodist Church.

On the same day as the tour, the MVA will hold its annual cookie sale fundraiser. The cookie sale will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Information Center. From 6 to 8 p.m. that day, the sale will be moved to the Gates-Fourth United Methodist Church.

-- David J. Cross