The Hillsborough Township Parks and Recreation Department is putting a new spin on the holiday season in the Hillsborough community this year.
Twenty four homes across the community will be participating in a house decorating contest called Hillsborough Township Home for the Holidays, where people decorate their houses in any way to showcase their holiday spirit for residents to drive around and see.
Residents will be able to submit one vote for two of their favorite houses and the winner will receive a $250 TD Bank gift card.
The activity was the idea of Administrative Assistant Annette Henderson, who had seen other towns around the area doing a similar event for the holiday season and for Halloween.
“This is a safe activity people can do from their cars and something fun to do,” Henderson said.
Henderson hopes the event can help spread “positive vibes” around the community during these tough times because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Each participant had creative control of decorating their home, being able to use any assortment of lights and props on their property for the event.
Christmas, Hanukkah and all holidays were welcomed to be celebrated in the decorating process, added Henderson.
“It’s been nice to see all the cool displays our residents have done,” Henderson said.
The recreation department has set up an interactive map link on its website for residents to see which homes are participating in the event and to map out a route to see all the houses.
There is also a link for people to cast their votes on the website. All voting ends on Dec. 20.
Second and third place winners will receive rewards from either Bella Pizza or Norz Hill Farm. Both establishments are sponsoring the event.
Henderson said the township does plan on running the event again next year.
The department will announce the winners through its social media platforms on Dec. 21. Mayor Doug Tomson will present the winning household with a lawn sign to put in front of their home on Dec. 22.
For more information on the contest, visit www.hillsboroughnjrecreation.org.