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Second Annual Lewes Lights: Come Join the Magic of Holiday Lights

You don’t want to miss the 2021 Lewes Lights! For the second year, following a very successful inaugural community effort, there are dazzling holiday displays lighting up this amazing city with a small-town feel. It is magical to behold (and somewhat magically organized).

On the 4th of July, 2020, Lewes resident Christian Murrins was sitting on his porch on Savannah Road, wondering how he could bring a new tradition to Lewes in a year filled with cancellations of beloved city traditions, such as the annual fireworks show, house tours and a Christmas parade.

Lewes Lights was born with light-speed planning. Residents immediately jumped on board to join the movement! More than 100 homeowners signed to participate on the official tour, and many others added to the fun with their own decorations. The concept was so popular that over 60 additional houses just outside the city of Lewes limits also signed up to participate.

Together with co-chair Deborah Evards and the mayor’s office, the event was impeccably organized. It’s a safe driving tour with three different routes available: Rudolph Red, Garland Green and Frosty Blue. And to add to the fun, it can get competitive. Interactive Google are available on the Lewes Lights web site. Because you will drive slowly to soak it all in, visitors are asked to turn on their four-way hazard lights to alert other drivers. A video tutorial on how to use the Google Maps feature is also on the web site – it’s very high tech, but it’s very informative. Some of the homeowners have added descriptions of their homes, or info on their decoration theme.

Competition for the participants is optional, with awards being given in 10 categories. (Photos of the winners of 2020 are on the website, and they are awesome!) There’s even a category for the best decorated street, a nod to neighborly enthusiasm and cooperation.

Businesses also jumped in, turning this year’s decorations up a notch in support of this hometown display of good cheer.

Lewes Lights is family friendly, and definitely something you don’t want the grandkids to miss! A new Lewes annual tradition has indeed been born, thanks to the joint effort of Lewes residents. So, join in on the magic of lights on beautiful winter nights!

For more information, the new 2021 schedule and more, check out the website closer to Thanksgiving, and throughout the dark nights of December, right up to New Year’s Eve, enjoy the spectacle and creativity (dusk to 9 pm every evening).

New events this year include an historical tour, the Clark Griswold competition and more. The Lewes Lights slogan makes sense: “Making Spirits Bright.”

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