Enter Patch's “Deck the House” Contest

Did you decorate your house for the holidays this year? Enter our "Deck the House" contest and you could win $100,000 for your local school district and $500 to pay your electric bills!


We’re launching our annual Deck the House Contest to find the most over-the-top holiday decorations in America—the best “decked” house in the country—the one home so spectacularly decorated that everyone in town jokes your holiday decorations could rival Rockefeller Center’s. 

If this sounds like your house, upload a photo or video of your home to our contest page from Nov. 26 to Dec. 16.

Only residents of Patch towns are eligible to enter. We’ll select 24 regional finalists, and from them, pick one grand prize winner. Patch will pay up to $500 of the utility bill for each finalist, while our national winner will have $100,000 donated to his or her local school district.

Our contest is right around the corner, so now’s the time to get your holiday decorations out of the attic and “deck” your house.

After all, ‘tis the season.......

Laura Dobosz December 05, 2012 at 08:02 PM
How do you vote????
Laura Dobosz December 05, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Scratch that. I just saw that the house in Orange won locally to be a finalist. That in my opinion is a shame. The House in Milford has WAY more decorations and ALSO donates to charity. If anyone deserved to win it was them. Ick.
Cindy December 05, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Where are the best lighted houses in Milford?
thathouse December 06, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Thank you Paradise Green. I appreciate the nice comments. We try to do our best. To be fair the house in Orange he did his best and he did beat me out as more people voted for him and I give him kudos for winning. I'm pulling for this year as it would be great to win the $100,000 for the local Milford School disctrict. Best of luck to everyone in the contest. If you'd like to see past year's decorations, learn more about our display or our cause, feel free to visit our website, www.thathouseinmilford.com
thathouse December 06, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Cindy, there are a lot of really good houses. I'll tout our street first. Go down Meadows End Road. You'll see ours as well as MANY other houses all decorated. If you go up Pumpkin Delight to Pomona, almost that entire street has decorations and one gentleman who does a light display to music hasn't turned his on yet. I'm sure it'll come on soon. There's a really cool house down the street (pretty much next to) Burger King off the Post Road that is all decked out and my personal favorite is the one right off the Wilbur Cross (exit 55) that you can see from the highway. He has a big Believe sign all lit up facing the highway. Love going by that one. Also, in other towns visit Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, Hubbard Park in Meriden, Fantasy of Lights in Hartford, and in Springfield there's a big light display at the Franklin Park Zoo. Also, if you're in the area of Yankee Candle in MA, they also do a display as well as many other homes on the street. Another good place to check for light displays is www.tackylighttour.com Hope this helps. Have a Merry Christmas!
Corrine Valentine December 16, 2012 at 04:20 PM
How do I vote? I love seeing your house every year :)
L. bachman December 16, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I would like to see the donations go to New Town and the monetary winnings to the children's family to help get through.
Pamela Eckenrode December 16, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Don't forget the one on Pomona st in Milford.....it's my families favorite.....you tune your car radio station to a posted station and watch the lights go in sync with the music!!!
thathouse December 16, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Thanks @L Bachman. I already contacted the Patch people and if in fact I do become a finalist and do win the money for the electric bill I have already asked to have the winnings donated towards the Newtown Victims Fund
L. bachman December 17, 2012 at 04:16 AM
you are wonderful to think of them so. I did mean as towns though. they are with us in every way. No I don't want to know how they died or by how many bullets not if the shooter was emotionally distraught, what his motive was or anything else. We will never know, whats in ones mind is just that. Yes he was sick and that to is that. The children who died are gone and the families now need to find some peace. How by God I know I could never. but a funeral is at least 20, plus and who plans for such at such a young age nor the missed work due to such lose?? co-pays for therapy add up and with the holidays on top of all. Who is even ready for such yet with other children and family theres wrapping, shopping and all else to do! They need help to care for all around them, to help with the other ends of their lives to even daily task's., I hope they have the hands to do so. May your home win and may be surrounded by love this Holiday.


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