Light Up Lead

Christmas Light Decorating Contest

Come Visit LEAD's winter wonderland!

The LACC is doing a marketing campaign to invite families to participate in the age old tradition of driving around simply to look at lights. Visitors will also be invited to participate in our other events including Lead Live, Shop Local, and events at the Historic Homestake Opera House as well as patron local businesses. Thank you for helping make Lead look like the Christmas Village it is, and for making Lead, Miles Beyond Ordinary!


2023 Light Up Lead Winners:

1st Place $700:  114 May St

2nd Place $200:  219 Mountain View

3rd Place Prize Basket:  608 W. Summit

Thank you to all who participated in 2023!

Registration is open November 1st -30th - Forms Available at ACE Hardware of Lead

Light up Lead Rules & Regulations

Registration & decorating: 11/1-11/31
Lights on: 12/1-31
Judging: 12/2 - 12/10
Prize announcement: 12/14 @ the Shop Local Wrap Up Party

-$25 gets you into the judging.
-Your address (not name) will be placed on our map of participants (for tourists to visit Lead).
-Registration forms can be picked up at Ace Hardware of Lead.
-Completed registration forms should be brought with payment to the Lead Area Chamber of Commerce’s offices (inside the Gnarly Pine Makerspace) at 318 West Main St.

Judging will take place with a panel of several judges December 2nd - 10th.  Judges will not have access to participants names, only their addresses.  Participants will be judged based on the following criteria on a scale of 1 to 5 (5 being the best); Brightness, Festivity, Creativity, Neatness, & Overall.  Announcement of the winners will occur on December 14th at the Shop Local Wrap Up Party Mixer at 4pm.

-This competition is open to any residential address in Lead. Must be within city limits.
*No purchase necessary to enter - sponsorships are available if you cannot afford to pay.
-Judging is done by a panel chosen by the LACC.
-Judges and board members are not eligible to win - though they are encouraged to participate!

Participants are asked to leave their lights on from December 1-31 from dusk until 10pm (minimum) so that the town can enjoy their efforts.

Thank you you all who participate this year Enjoy a drive around to look at lights for the remainder of the Holiday Season.

Remember to keep your lights on 12/1 - 12/31!

Thanks to ACE Hardware, our 2023 Light Up Lead Sponsor

Other supporters: 2023 Annual sponsors: The City of Lead, Black Hills Energy, Lynn’s Dakotamart, Coeur Wharf, Homestake Mining Company, Thyssen Mining, Dakota Gold Corp, First Interstate Bank, Agnico Eagle, Haugo Broadcasting, & Bar-Sto Precision


Light Up Lead Contestants are as follows (all addresses in Lead): 

418 Barclay Ave

219 Mt. View

205 S. Main St.

114 May St.

808 McClellan

12 Parkdale St.

608 W. Summit St.

2023 Winners:

1st Place $700:

2nd Place $200:

3rd Place Prize Basket: