Yellowknife’s annual holiday lights competition now underway

Photo of holiday lights at 162 Dagenais Drive courtesy of City of Yellowknife/Dave Zethof

It’s that festive, magical time of year once again and it’s now time to untangle the cords.

The City of Yellowknife and Northland Utilities are again partnering to bring residents the annual Holiday Lights Competition with a few exciting changes this year.

According to a news release from the city – there will be no categories – just lots of bright, festive lights.

In past years, some residents have spared no expense in an effort to outdo their neighbours and host the best holiday lights show in the city.

You can now register your lights via email at

Residents will vote to determine the finalists.

Entries will be uploaded to a holiday lights map where residents can view the lights, plan their holiday lights tour, and vote starting Monday, December 9.

Voting will remain open until Monday, December 16.

“Northland Utilities has been our partner and sponsor of the holiday lights competition for many years,” said Yellowknife Mayor Rebecca Alty. “We are excited to partner with them again this year, to bring residents these new and engaging elements to the competition and brighten our community.”

Northland Utilities will select five winners from the top 20 entries selected by residents.

Each winner will receive a $150 prize.

Everyone who registers will be entered in a draw for $100, courtesy of Northland Utilities.

Winners will be announced on Friday, December 20.

For more details, visit

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.