Burleith House Decorating Contest Adds ‘People’s Choice’

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1704 35th St. NW, a 2015 winner. Courtesy BCA.

Every night in Georgetown from now until the end of the year, the lights of Christmas house decorations shine and beckon on every block of the village, turning it into a winter and holiday wonderland. Some of the decorations are familiar, like the crèche imbedded in a garden wall on the 2800 block of O Street. It’s almost a family tradition to go see them. Others are new and creative.

In the Burleith neighborhood — from Wisconsin Avenue to 39th Street and from S Street to Whitehaven Boulevard — many residents participate in an annual house decorating contest sponsored by the Burleith Citizens Association. The contest began on Dec. 14.

Judgment day is Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 4 to 7 p.m. According to the BCA newsletter: “That’s when judges Edie Cecil and Kay Twomey comb the neighborhood street by street, alley by alley, to choose the best holiday decorations of 2018. (Don’t forget the back of your house).”

New this year is a “People’s Choice” category. BCA members can email burleithevents@gmail.com to tell the judges which decorated home they love best. “You don’t have to explain why; just email your fave house with the address,” per the newsletter. Prizes will be given to the winners.

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