BERKELEY HEIGHTS – As Christmas and holiday decorations start popping up across town, Berkeley Heights Business and Civic has announced they will continue to hold the 4th annual “Battle of the Bulbs” Holiday House Decorating Contest.

Residents are challenged to create a “Christmas Vacation” worthy display outside their homes and can win gift certificates to a variety of local restaurants, including Delicious Heights and Goodman’s Deli. 

This year, the association has opened the contest to local businesses. Three winners will be announced from local store fronts that are participating in the annual Bright Nights in Berkeley Heights campaign. 

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To participate people should fill out an entry form on TAPInto Berkeley Heights or written entry form available at Taylor Rental Center, Anything Floral or Smith Chiropractic. The top five vote getters in each category will then be judged by an astute panel of judges made up of past contest winners, sponsors and local business owners. Among the judges will be last year’s contest winner, Todd Najarian and his family, who used more than 8,000 lights on his property to wow the judges. 

This year’s “Battle of the Bulbs” contest is sponsored by the following Berkeley Heights Business & Civic members: Nish Verma & Cruise Planners, Delicious Heights, Elisa Probst of FitForever, GRA Architects, Investors Bank, JAG-One of Berkeley Heights, The Liberty Group, Smith Chiropractic, TAPinto Berkeley Heights and Taylor Rental Center.

 “Everyone can’t wait for 2020 to come to a close but lighting up downtown Berkeley Heights and putting a positive light on our local community is the best we can do right now,” said Paul Neuwirth of Taylor Rental. “Let’s send the year out with a message that we are stronger than ever. This contest has grown with the number of entries and number of voters each year. Looking forward to seeing all the great lights, decorations and inflatables.”

The Battle of the Bulbs contest is open to all residents and businesses in Berkeley Heights. Homeowners may nominate themselves or be nominated by neighbors. Homes and businesses will be judged on a variety of factors such as creativity and overall presentation.

George and Mayor Angie Devanney were winners of the inaugural contest; Chris Tribuna of BalloonDesignStudio was the winner in year two; the Najarians captured last year’s hotly contested competition. Besides the gift certificates, winners will be given lawn signs declaring the awards. 

Nominations will be accepted up until Dec. 16. Judging will take place on Dec. 19-20 with the winners announced on Monday, Dec. 21,2020. On-line voters are restricted to no more than five nominations. 

Click here to vote for your favorite Berkeley Heights holiday house lights and favorite business decorations..