Home For the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

Best Holiday Lights Display in WNY Wins Two Free Airline Tickets

10 Finalists to Win NEW Nintendo Wii "Go Vacation" Game

Click here to see the 10 finalists and vote on the grand prize winner.

Who’s got the best-decorated home in Western New York?

If your electric bill spikes every December because you can’t help turning your yard into the Las Vegas of the East; if cars slow down as they pass your home so passengers can gawk at your lights; or if you simply have the most tasteful holiday display on the block, then you should get the recognition you deserve!

Enter to win two tickets anywhere in the continental U.S.A. Southwest flies!

Grand Prize is a Southwest Airlines Vacation Package for two adults consisting of round-trip airline tickets for two anywhere within the continental United States served by Southwest Airlines, plus hotel accommodations for three nights – a total prize package worth $1,500! Enter the WGRZ-2 Your Town “Home for the Holidays” holiday lights display competition by sending us a picture of your home decorations. A total of 10 finalists will each win a copy of the new Nintendo Wii “Go Vacation” game. Then the public gets to vote on the grand prize winner. We’ll show your picture on line and on air the last week before Christmas so voters can decide who’s got the best-decorated holiday home in WNY.

Here’s how it works:

  • At the close of business on Friday, December 16, the voting begins. Visitors to WGRZ.com will choose the winner from among the 10 finalists the house that has the best holiday lights display in all of Western New York. The winner will be announced Friday, December 23.

Picture Taking Tips

Norm FisherWGRZ Photojournalist Norm Fisher offers the following tips for taking an award-winning photo of your display:

  1. Don't hand-hold the camera. Use a tripod or place the camera on a steady object while exposing.
  2. Use the automatic setting if you're using a digital camera, or use incandescent or tungsten setting if it's dark outside.
  3. Shooting after sunset or dusk while there is still skylight will help make the background show up and the lights look nice and warm.
  4. "Bracket" or shoot multiple exposures of the same scene changing the camera settings to see which looks the best. Don't be afraid to experiment!
  5. Try using the flash and not using it on the same shot to see what's better.