Do you think you have the most festive home or business in Bethany Beach? Enter the 2023 Coastal Christmas Showdown to find out!
Contest Rules: Eligibility:
Participation is open to all homes and businesses within the corporate limits of Bethany Beach and the Salt Pond.
Entry is free!
Town Council members and staff are not eligible to win but are encouraged to participate.
By entering TOBB's Annual Coastal Christmas Showdown, you agree to abide by TOBB's official contest rules and decisions.
How to Enter:
Registration must be submitted between Wednesday, November 1st, and Friday, November 24th (or when the maximum of 50 entries is reached). Registration must be completed online via the green 'Register' button at the top of this page. Incomplete entries or those that do not adhere to the Contest Rules will be disqualified at judges' discretion.
Participants agree to have thier address posted on the Bethany Beach website/Facebook page.
Participants agree to have one or more photos of their decorated residence/business exterior posted on the Bethany Beach website/Facebook page. Pictures may also be posted in other social media outlets and in local media publications or websites. Participants agree there will be no compensationof any kind for said posting or publication.
For judging, participants should ensure that all lights and decorations are in place and illuminated during the week of November 25th to December 1st, after sunset.
The contest is for exterior decorations only. Judging will be completed from outside the residence only.
Online voting will open on November 25, 2023, via web link. Entries with the most votes will win, with a minimum of 1 prize and maximum of 5 prizes awarded per home/business division, for each of the five (5) categories below:
Best Coastal Theme - Public Voting
Most Elegant (Best use of White Lights) - Public Voting
Most Festive (Best use of Color Lights) - Public Voting
Best Use of Animation and/or Audio Special FX - Public Voting
Business Grand Prize...Judge's Favorite! - Judge Voting Only
Starting November 25th, the community will be able to submit votes for winners in four (4) public voting categories listed above.
Judging will be based on "curb appearl" as viewed from the street only. Therefore, only those decorations located on the street side of the property will be judged (corner lots will be judged from both streets). Judges will not enter the property to view back or side yards.
Photos and/or videos will be posted to the Town's Facebook and Instagram accounts, as well as www.townofbethanybeach.com to serve as a reminder of each entry. The Town does not intend for votes to be based on the photos; photos are to remind voters of what they saw in person.
On December 2nd, 9th, and 16th, Town trolleys will take visitors on a tour to view all houses and businesses participating in the Coastal Christmas Showdown. An interactive Google Map and address list will be available to those wanting to drive themselves, or see displays mid-week.
Prizes and Notification of Winners:
Prizes include a "winner" sign for your lawn or business. The Coastal Point and Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce will provide prizes for the winning business entries.
Winners will be notified via the email or telephone number included in their registration. On Saturday, December 2nd, prizes will be awarded in person at the Bandstand Tree Lighting ceremony at 5:00PM, followed by a Block Party on the Plaza for all in attendance.
Winning entries will be posted after December 2nd on the TOBB social media pages and website.
By accepting the prize, the selected winners grant permission to the Town of Bethany Beach to use their name, entry, and photo for advertising.