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Join Experience Mount Vernon and WNZR for the annual Festival of Lights

The Festival of Lights wraps up the holiday events from Experience Mount Vernon.
This year, both residential houses and businesses are invited to participate in the lighting competition!  Participants within the city limits of Mount Vernon are challenged to see who has the best lighting display. Registration for the event is on the Experience Mount Vernon website, under “Winter in Downtown” and will close Monday, December 11 at 5:00pm. 

Once approved, participating houses and businesses will be photographed and logged. 
A map of the locations will be made available prior to the event. The event will take place Saturday, December 16 through Monday December 18, and those who have been approved must have their displays on for viewing from 6:00pm-9:00pm each night. The voting form will open at 8:00pm on Saturday, December 16 and remain open until 11:59pm on Monday, December 18. One vote per email address per category - extra votes in the same category will be deleted. Winners will be announced on the Experience Mount Vernon Facebook page on Tuesday, December 19 by 5:00pm.


On Saturday, December 16, WNZR will provide 3 hours of special hand-picked Christmas Music to accompany your tour of the Festival of Lights. Big Blue will also be out providing “Reels on the Road” on WNZR’s Instagram site. These short videos will highlight the amazing light displays.


To learn more about the Downtown Mount Vernon Winter in Downtown, Shop Small Saturday Shop Hop, Annual Holiday Parade, Square Lighting Ceremony, Festival of Lights or to join the downtown movement, head to

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