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This year marks the first year Nite Lites alone will sponsor Winter Wonderland, after a
three year partnership with American1Credit Union. Nite Lites is pleased to sponsor Winter
Wonderland bringing you all what you have enjoyed in the past as well as extending some of
the activities with additional nights.
Winter Wonderland has had in attendance over 25,000 patrons, viewing the rows of live potted
decorated themed trees. The themed trees are decorated by various groups wishing to support
a specific community charity by having those who visit Nite Lites voting with a monetary vote,
or bidding the highest on a tree they like decorated with the ornaments and gifts that please
them as well as planting their live tree.
The Holiday Tree Decorating Contest has brought a fun and competitive way of raising much
needed funds for the many community charities and has had over $24,000 raised in the past
three years. We hope you will join us this year, bringing your holiday cheer and competitive
spirit in raising much needed funds for our special charities.
When attending Winter Wonderland one can participate in making a holiday craft on certain
weekends courtesy of Home Depot, view a live holiday themed puppet show, take a ride on
Santa's express, visit Santa at his North Pole Castle, on the first three Fridays you could pet one
of Santa's reindeer and of course view and vote for your favorite tree and even bid on one for a
lasting memory of this Christmas. Winter Wonderland is included with your admission to Nite
Lites.
Dates and Hours:
Winter Wonderland will be open for 16 nights before Christmas this year, from 6-9pm at the
American1Event Center. Dates will be Friday November 30th thru Sunday December 1st, Friday
December 7th thru Sunday December 9th, Friday December 14th thru closing night Sunday
December 23rd. On the closing night the highest bidders of the trees will be contacted and
given specifics on how to purchase and pick up their decorated tree in time for Christmas Eve
night.
* Charity Donations:
Each charity will keep the proceeds generated from the monetary voting and the bids from the
silent auction. After the event is over, Nite Lites will let you know how much money was raised
for your charity and will send a check to your charity on your behalf. Also, there will be a bonus
donation to the top three trees who have collected the money in their voting boxes, for 1st
place $500, 2nd place $300, and 3rd place $200 given courtesy of Nite Lites.
*Contest Fee: $60 per tree. The entry fee includes the 5-6 foot potted short needled pine tree
for decorating. Only 50 trees will be provided.
*Contest Rules:
*Your tree will be provided by Nite Lites/Winter Wonderland. Cutting the tree is prohibited.
Tree light trimming is allowed. You provide all decorations, skirts, lights and an extension cord
(Minimum of 8 foot please) for your tree. All decorations used in decorating the tree will go
with the tree and will not be returned to you, so please do not use anything of personal or
sentimental value as it will not be returned to you. Don't forget to bring something to wrap
around the large root ball of your tree, like a tree skirt, wrapping paper, snow blanket etc. Any
accent pieces snowmen, Santa's, stuffed animals again will go with the tree for silent auction.
*Contestants:
*Must decorate their tree at the American1event center during specific "Tree Decorating
Times" Monday November 26th from 12pm-6pm and Tuesday November 27th 10am -4pm.
You can come at any time stated to decorate. All trees must be completely decorated by
Tuesday November 27th at 4pm.
* The trees will be placed in the spot they will stay for the event PRIOR to decorating. Spots will
be assigned by random draw and trees will also be placed randomly. This makes it fair across
the board and no one has an unfair advantage. Choosing or switching your tree is not allowed.
*IMPORTANT : It is the responsibility of the registrant AND the charity chosen (if not one in the
same) to spread the word and help to get the people to come and support your tree by making
donations and bidding in the silent auction during event nights. Without personally promoting
it, you may not make as much for your charity as you hope.
To participate, just fill out the registration form and send it to the address on the form with
your payment. REMEMBER ONLY 50 TREES WILL BE PROVIDED THIS YEAR. So please reserve
your spot.
Thank you for showing your holiday spirit! Good Luck in the contest!

This marks the second year that Nite Lites will sponsor Winter Wonderland. Nite Lites is pleased to sponsor Winter Wonderland will run the three weekends before Christmas. Winter Wonderland has had in attendance 31,000 patrons per year through the years, viewing the rows of live potted decorated themed trees. The themed trees are decorated by various groups wishing to support a specific community charity by having those who visit Nite Lites. Voting with a monetary vote, or bidding the highest on a tree they like decorated with the ornaments and gifts that please them, as well as planting their own live tree.

 

The Holiday Tree Decorating Contest has brought a fun and competitive way of raising much needed funds for the many community charities and has had over $30,000 raised in the past four years. We hope you will join us this year, bringing your holiday cheer and competitive spirit in raising much needed funds for our special charities.

 

When attending Winter Wonderland one can participate in making a holiday craft on certain weekends courtesy of Home Depot, view a live holiday themed puppet show, take a ride on Santa’s express, visit Santa at his North Pole Castle, and on December 21st you can pet one of Santa’s reindeer and of course view and vote for your favorite tree and even bid on one for a lasting memory of this Christmas. Winter Wonderland is included with your admission to Nite Lites.

 

*Dates and Hours:

Winter Wonderland will be open for 9 nights before Christmas this year, from 6-9pm at the Event Center at the Jackson Fair Grounds. Dates will be Friday December 6th. Thru Sunday December 8th, Friday December 13th thru Sunday December 15th and Friday December 20th thru Sunday December 22nd. On the closing night the highest bidders of the trees will be contacted and given specifics on how to pay for and pick up their decorated tree in time for Christmas.

 

*Charity Donatity:

Each charity will keep the proceeds generated from the monetary voting and the bids from the silent auction. After the event is over, Nite Lites will let you know how much money was raised for your charity and will send a check to your charity on your behalf. Also, there will be a bonus donation to the top three trees who collected the Highest amount of money in their voting boxes and the silent auction bid on their tree (total) , for 1st. place $500, 2nd. place $300, and 3rd. place $200 given courtesy of Nite Lites.

 

*Contest Fee:

The fee of $60 will be asked for each tree purchased for decorating. This will buy you a 5-6 foot potted short needled pine tree for decorating.

 

Only 50 trees will be provided and the deadline for purchasing them will be November 10th.

 

*Contest Rules:

Your tree will be provided by Nite Lites / Winter Wonderland. Cutting the tree is prohibited. Tree light trimming is allowed. You provide all the decorations, skirts, lights, and an extension cord (Minimum of 8 foot please) for your tree. All the unique decorations and creative items used to decorate the tree will be included with the tree bid and will not be returned to you, so please do not use personal or sentimental items. Remember the more value of the items used such as gift certificates, tickets, passes, or gifts (which you could get donated) the more value your tree will bring. As well as the more people you encourage to visit and monetarily vote on the tree the larger donation your tree will bring to the charity you choose. All items used for accent like stuffed Santa’s, snowmen, mailboxes, or anything that will be used for your theme will go with the tree.

 

Please don’t forget to bring something to cover the base of the tree the soil root ball, like a giant tree skirt, tablecloth, material, wrapping paper etc.

 

*Contestants:

*Must decorate their tree at the event center during specific “Tree Decorating Times”, Monday December 2nd from 12pm. to 6pm and Tuesday December 3rd. 10am- 4pm. You can come at any time stated to decorate. All trees must be completely decorated by Tuesday December 3rd. by 4pm.

 

* The trees will be place in the way they will be viewed in the orderly rows for viewing. Participants will be given a tree in the order in which your application is received. There will be no trading so it is important to reserve your place without delay. This will make it fair across the board and no unfair advantages to anyone. Choosing or switching your tree is not allowed. *IMPORTANT: * It is the responsibility of the registrant AND the charity chosen (if not one in the same) to spread the word and help to get the people to come and support your tree by making donations and bidding in the silent auction during event nights. Without personally promoting it, you may not make as much for your charity as you hope. So spread the word!!!!!

 

To participate, just fill out the registration form and send it to the address on the form with your payment. REMEMBER ONLY 50 TREES WILL BE PROVIDED THIS YEAR. So please reserve your spot.

 

Thank you for showing your holiday spirit! Good Luck in the contest!!!!

 

Download Tree Decoration Contest Registration Form

 


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