The best and brightest in New Lenox were awarded this week when the announced the winners of its holiday lights contest.
If you want to take your family around town on a tour de tinsel, click through the map above. Each snowflake represents one of the participants in the Park District's contest. To see the address of the home, click on the icon.
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The winners in the Park District contest are also noted on the map, but here's a rundown:Place Decorations Lights Music 1st Dawn Keith, 841 Churchill Dr Robert Hausner, 753 Belot Lane Shannon Meyer, 921 Wildwood Dr 2nd James & Vicky Cullen, 653 Lenox St Ken & Mary Wisniewski, 3005 Edgecreek Dr Wallace Family. 761 Princeton Ln 3rd Karen Russ, 1409 Nelson Rd Carreon Family, 2841 Abbington Dr n/a
The contest was sponsored by , with first-place winners getting a $20 gift card to the restaurant and other winners get a free 7-inch pizza.
"Christmas is my husband's favorite holiday," said Angie Hausner, whose home won best lights. "We had something new every year."
I drove by each first-place winner's home last night, and all three were must-see. The Keith and Meyer homes have a setup where you can tune your car radio to 99.1 FM and the music will sync with the lights show. The Hausner family also has music with its lights, though not through the radio.
$100,000 for Local Schools!
The festivities aren't over, though, because your holiday decorations can still win a big prize: $100,000 for local schools. Patch is running a national Deck the House contest in which you can enter photos or video to compete for readers' votes. View local entries and add your own here.
To see photos of the Park District's 2010 winners, read "."
And if you have a suggestion for another great house to add to the tour, leave in the comments section.