Light Up Lead

Christmas Light Decorating Contest

Thank to Black Hills Energy, our 2019 Platinum Sponsor

This event is put on with the help of Black Hills Badlands & Tourism as well as Ace Hardware of Lead

Other supporters: Twin City Hardware along with our 2019 Annual sponsors: The City of Lead, Lynn’s Dakotamart, Coeur Wharf, Homestake Mining Company, VFW #5969, First National Bank, Regional Health, KEVN and Interstate Engineering

Rules, Regulations & Details


Registration: 11/1-11/27

Judging: 12/1-12/2

Prize announcement: 12/3

Light Up Lead officially starts: 12/1-/12/31


-$25 gets your address (name optional for privacy) placed on our map of participants (for tourists to view when visiting Lead). Your registration also lets us know that you’re participating!*

-Registration forms can be picked up at Ace Hardware of Lead, starting 11/1 and going through 11/27. Registrations should be filled out and brought with payment to the Lead Area Chamber of Commerce’s offices at 160 West Main St. 

-Bring a receipt from Ace Hardware up to $25 and get $10 off your registration.

-Bring a receipt from Ace Hardware of $50+ and get your registration for free.

(Receipts can be for anything and do not need to be for holiday decor.)


The Lead Area Chamber of Commerce will pick a panel of judges (board members and sponsors) to independently judge the participants. Results will be tallied and the winners will be announced at Lead Live at the Handley Recreation Center on Tuesday, 12/3.


Grand Prize: $1,000 (Yes, you read that correctly, ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS!)

Second Prize: $250

Third Prize: Basket of Goodies


-This competition is open to any residential address in Lead. Must be within city limits to be on map and enter for prize.

-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!

Other Information:

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. Participants will be marked on a map for visitors to see. 

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!



*Can’t afford to register but still want to participate? Come talk to us, or call 584-1100.