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Light Up Langdon aims to spread Christmas cheer

Langdon will be sparkling from Dec. 10 to 15, when the hamlet hosts the first-ever Light Up Langdon Christmas light decorating contest.

Langdon will be sparkling from Dec. 10 to 15 when the hamlet hosts the first-ever Light Up Langdon Christmas light decorating contest.

The Langdon and District Chamber of Commerce is organizing the event with support from Rocky View County (RVC) and Mountain View Financial. Chamber Secretary Krista Tardiff said Mountain View Financial representatives recently approached the Chamber with a donation and request to put together a community event for the holidays. After brainstorming, she said they came up with a Christmas light-decorating competition.

“We just really think it’s a beautiful time for people to come together as much as possible – to really be together while still maintaining our physical distance,” Tardiff said. “I think Christmas or holiday lights get people driving around. It makes you smile and lights up communities.”

Any households or businesses in Langdon and the surrounding areas – including Dalemead and Indus – are eligible to participate in the contest, according to Tardiff. She said the deadline to register is Dec. 9.

From 5 to 9 p.m. on the evenings of Dec. 10 to 15, Tardiff said board members of the Chamber of Commerce will drive around the hamlet to judge the households and businesses taking part in the contest. 

“Obviously, in this COVID world we’re living in, we wanted to bring some joy to the community,” she said. “It’s something we can all participate in from a distance.”

The judges will be deciding the winners in multiple categories, Tardiff said, including the best-decorated business and household, most creative, best all-out Christmas decorations, lights-only and judges’ choice.

Winners in each category will receive prizes, Tardiff added, which have been donated by local businesses or sponsored by RVC or the Langdon and District Chamber of Commerce. The prizes include $2,500 worth of gift cards, services or products. 

“We’ve got a lot of really awesome businesses in Langdon and area, and a lot of them are hidden gems,” she said. “The prizes being local gives people the opportunity to sample a lot of the great things that businesses here in Langdon have to offer.”

The winners will be announced on the Chamber’s Facebook page Dec. 16.

As of Dec. 2, Tardiff said approximately 40 households and businesses have registered to take part in Light Up Langdon. She said she looks forward to seeing the hamlet sparkle.

“A lot [of registrations] are coming in and there are a lot of beautiful messages with some of them about nominating neighbours that are great people, or someone’s teenage son did it all themselves, or families doing it together,” she said.

“It shows you how great a community Langdon is and how committed businesses in Langdon are to giving back to people and taking care of each other.”

Scott Strasser, AirdrieToday.com
Follow me on Twitter @scottstrasser19




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