The Gifford Park Association is holding its first annual Christmas Home Decorating Contest! You must be an Elgin Historic District resident in order to apply.
There will be two categories: Traditional and Non-Traditional
Guidelines for Traditional Decor: 
-No exterior lights
-Captures the essence of period-appropriate decor
Guidelines for Non-Traditional Decor:
-Has exterior lights
-Clark Griswold may be your motivation
Homes that are registered before December 13th (click here for the application) will be in the running for first prize which is $100 cash, OR second prize which is $50 in Downtown Elgin Gift Certificates! Judging will take place on Saturday, December 14th and we will announce the winners at our Christmas Party on December 15th. (Winner need not be present but we will have free appetizers and a lot of fun so why don't you plan on coming anyway.) 
Please have fun with this, we know we have SO many creative neighbors and are really looking forward to viewing your beautifully decorated homes!"  

GPA members/neighbors holiday adult party- Sunday 12/15 at the Elgin Public House, upstairs from 6-10. Please join us for a great selection of free appetizers. Cash bar for alcohol. Please come and get better acquainted with both our newer neighbors and catch up with our old friends. For more info or to RSVP send an e-mail to Peggy at

A huge thanks goes out to Peggy Bernar for creating the nice graphic.