Holiday Lighting Contest

The Beautification Commission has held the annual Holiday Lighting Contest since the late 1980s to recognize beautiful and festive lighting displays throughout the City. Nominations are taken from the public by calling 309-732-2905 or email at

Commission Bus Tour

The Commission views the nominated displays during a bus tour that is held on the 2nd or 3rd Monday in December. The top three winners in the residential and commercial categories are recognized with a certificate presented by the Mayor and the Beautification Commission during a January City Council meeting.

Pictured below are the 2019 1st Place Winner in the commercial category Caliber Home Loans, Mayor Mike Thoms, the 2019 1st Place Winner in the residential category "In Loving Memory Alberta Taylor", and the Chairman of the Beautification Commission Bob Towler. 
  2019 Holiday Lighting Contest Presentation