Holiday Greetings

Light Up
Rutland County

Light up Rutland County for a good cause with holiday lights and family and friends light peeping!

Welcome to the Second Annual Light Up Rutland County holiday lights contest and fundraiser!

Join us in helping to raise holiday and community spirit! Get ready to Light Up Rutland County with your lights, your hearts, and your love for the Rutland region. Everyone in Rutland County is invited to participate; decorators, light-peepers, voters, local sponsors and partners! Everyone plays a role in making this bright and fun event a huge success.

For the Decorating Fanatics:

Are you super proud of your Griswold-worthy light shows? Do you love to make your Vermont home glow beautifully in the lightly falling snow? Are you a business owner that loves changing up your decorations every season? Is your neighborhood the coolest and brightest, most awesomely lit neighborhood in town? Enter our contest to support a good cause and help other residents of Rutland County feel the warmth of the holiday season!

For the Light Peepers:

Are you more of a "Light Peeper" than a decorator? Do you love taking late evening drives to see all the creative and glowing light shows around town? Gather your people, download our map, and go light peeping! Be sure to keep track of your favorites and come back to our website to vote for your favorite light displays! Vote, vote, vote!! Every voter is automatically entered to win prizes from our voter drawing at the end of the competition, so vote and win!

All proceeds from this event will go to further Social Tinkering's work to empower connections and grow happiness. To learn more about the work we are doing, click here:


How Light Up Rutland works:


All holiday light decorators extraordinaire are invited to register and submit their locations

to be added to our Light Up Rutland 2021 Lights Map.

2021 Categories to Enter:

Household Decorators

           - Any household in Rutland County

           - $20 Registration Fee

           - Compete to win 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes!

           - The 1st place winner will receive a trophy made by our 2020 1st place winner!

           - Each registered household decorator will also receive a small gift just for


Business/Organization Decorators

           - Any business or organization in Rutland County

           - $30 Registration Fee

           - Compete to win the "Best Decorated Biz/Org" prize in addition to an awesome

              employee social, organized by Social Tinkering!

Neighborhood Decorators

           - No Fee to Enter - but make sure to register!

           - Get to know your neighbors and work together to compete and win the illustrious

              title prize of "MOST AWESOMELY DECORATED NEIGHBORHOOD"

           - The Neighborhood with the most votes wins a block party organized by

              Social Tinkering!

           - At least 3 houses per block in the neighborhood must be registered as a

             “Household Decorator.” 1 block includes both sides of the street.

Spread the word!

Go big or go small, just make sure you register so we can add you to our map for

everyone's spirits to be lit up by the beauty! Registration ends Midnight, November 28th.


Starting December 1st through December 31st, go light peeping!

1. Download the Light Up Rutland County 2021 Lights Map from our website.

2. Keep track of all of your favorite Household Decorators, Businesses, and Neighborhoods

so you can vote later! Registrants can't win if you don't vote! Everyone gets to play a role in

making this event a fun success!



Come back to this webpage after your nights out exploring and vote for your favorite

registered lights displays to help your neighbors win a prize for lighting up your holiday!

1. Vote for all your favorites!

2. Pick your favorite Business/Organization Decorator!

3. Pick your favorite Neighborhood Decorators! 

Voters can win too!! 

All voters will be automatically entered to win prizes from

businesses and organizations throughout Rutland County.

Voting closes midnight December 31st!



On January 7th, all winners will be announced via this website and on all our social media including our Facebook and Instagram pages. Prizes will be distributed as soon as possible.



Celebrate the incredible community and holiday spirit of the Rutland Region! Like the rest of the world, it's been a rough couple of years. Our caring Rutland Region community will rise above all of this if we continue to gather together to creatively solve problems, elevate, and support each other. Through Light Up Rutland, those of us at Social Tinkering hope you enjoy the lights and also take a moment to reflect on how we can continue to shed light on the dark places for each other, as a community. This holiday season, we wish you all the best and hope you get time to rest, renew, and enjoy your winter days as you look towards the New Year. Thank you for connecting with each other Rutland Region, and thank you for connecting with Social Tinkering! We believe in Rutland!

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Map Available December 1st

Voting Available December 1st

Calling All

Secret Santas!


The holidays can be a tough time for folks, so we want to help by connecting Secret Santas from the community to those who need a little extra holiday cheer this season. Secret Santas can donate new indoor and outdoor lights and decorations to Social Tinkering and we will distribute them to folks whose spirits need lifting.

Coordinating with the

Rotary Club of Rutland

The Rotary Club of Rutland has a Gift a Tree program that is a great partnership for our Secret Santa program. Those receiving a tree will also receive your donated decorations! By partnering with the Rotary Club of Rutland, we can help families experiencing financial hardship bring holiday cheer to their homes with holiday trees, lights and decorations. To learn more about this program go to:

How To Donate

Lights and Decorations

To donate lights and decorations, drop off items at Chamber & Economic Development of the Rutland Region at 50 Merchants Row in Rutland, VT, 8:30am-5:00pm Monday-Friday.

Please only donate new lights and decorations in their original packaging.

Donate starting 11/16/21 through 11/30/21.

How to request a

Gift-A-Tree Voucher

If you are a family in need of a Christmas Tree, lights, and decorations, please contact BROC at their Rutland office at 802.775.0878 or 1.800.717.BROC (2762) or visit their website at

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Decorator Prizes!

Household Decorators

1st Place: A cozy one-night stay at the Snowed Inn in Killington!

2nd Place: A one-month Family Membership at The MINT!

3rd Place: A $50 Gift Card for the Sparkle Barn!

Business/Org Decorators

Most votes wins a fun social thrown by Social Tinkering & the Title, "Best Decorated Business or Organization"

Neighborhood Decorators

Most votes wins a Neighborhood Block Party thrown by Social Tinkering & the Title "Most Awesomely Decorated Neighborhood!"

***Each registered Household Decorator will receive a gift card from one of the Rutland Region's lovely coffee shops as a thank you for connecting with us to light up our communities. 

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Here at Social Tinkering: A Human Connection Project, we chose our byline very carefully - because feeling supported and cared for is really all about the meaningful human connections we make with each other, that make all the difference in our lives. We could not have put this event together without the support and caring of our wonderful partners and sponsors. A HUGE shout out to all the folks who stepped in to help us make this event a huge success!

To our wonderful partners and sponsors: 



More Sponsors and Partners Announced Soon!

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