Light Up Rutland county for a good cause with holiday lights and family and friends light peeping!

Light Up Rutland!

Congratulations Light Up Rutland 2020 Winners!

Holiday Lights Decorators Extraordinaire Winners are:

1st Place: #10 - 52 Bellvue Ave, Rutland ------ 2 Roundtrip Airline Tickets from Rutland to Boston, Thank you CapeAir!!

2nd Place: #8 - 207 Adams Street, Rutland ---- Canvas mounted local photography - Loon, Thank you Steve Costello!

3rd Place: #15 - 230 Elbern Ave, Rutland -----HydroFlasks for the entire household, Thank you Come Alive Outside!


We also have 4 voter drawing winners for gift cards for businesses in Downtown Rutland! Thanks Downtown Rutland Partnership for your generous donations to Light Up Rutland 2020!

We could not have raised everyone's spirits without the help of everyone involved doing their part to make this event happen. Thank you so much to all of our sponsors, partners, decorators, light peepers and voters, for all of your help to make the 2020 holiday season a warmer and brighter time for the entire Rutland Region. Check out our newest BLOG post on this event: 

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Welcome to the First Annual Light Up Rutland holiday lights contest and fundraiser!


Join us in helping to raise holiday and community spirit after a long hard year. Let's come together for friendly and fun competition during this holiday season to celebrate our kindness and caring for each other. To make this a success, we'll need everyone to pitch in and participate, so get ready to Light Up Rutland county with your lights, your hearts and your love for the Rutland region. The lights will provide the brightness and cheer, and your donations will provide the love and hope! Everyone in Rutland County is invited to participate, whether you are a holiday lights decorator extraordinaire or you just love seeing all the beautiful snowy Vermont holiday glow. Let's shine our light to help each other remember we're all in this world together.

We are offering a friendly competition where any residence in Rutland county can enter the contest to win 1 of 3 fantastic prizes. Are you a huge holiday decorating fanatic? Are you super proud of your Griswold-worthy light shows? Do you love to make your Vermont home glow beautifully in the lightly falling snow? Enter our contest to support a good cause and help other residents of Rutland County feel the warmth of the holiday season!

Are you more of a "Light Peeper" than a decorator? Do you love taking late evening drives to see all the creative and glowing light shows around town? This is an excellent socially-distanced activity to do to get out of the house and connect with your neighbors in a remote experience of shared holiday spirit. Donate (if you're able to and whatever you can - every dollar counts) to a meaningful cause, supporting a great organization, then download our 2020 Light Map and get out and explore!

Each year we will select an organization that we'll raise donations for. This year's selected organization is NewStory Center. The Center's mission is "to end the cycle of violence through support, education, prevention, and collaboration with all the people and communities of Rutland County." NewStory works to provide advocacy, education, shelter, and crisis counseling services. They aim "to shatter myths about domestic violence and sexual assault", serving ALL the people regardless of gender identity, race, sexual orientation, and abilities.

How Light Up Rutland works:


All holiday light decorators extraordinaire are invited to register and submit their locations to be added to our Light Up Rutland 2020 Lights Map. Spread the word! Go big or go small, just add it to our map so everyone gets to be lit up by the beauty! Entry fee is $10 and will go towards putting on this event and donations to NewStory Center. Register your residence by midnight, November 27th, and we will add you to our list of competitors for a chance to win 1st, 2nd or 3rd place prizes.


1st Place:    2 Cape Air roundtrip airline tickets from Rutland to Boston (expire 9/2021), donated by Cape Air!

2nd Place:  Canvas printed nature photograp, donated by photographer Steve Costello!

3rd Place:   A set of Hydro Flask water bottles for your entire household, donated by Come Alive Outside!

In addition, each registered decorator will also receive a Hydro Flask from Come Alive Outside!



Starting December 1st through December 31st, Go LIGHT PEEPING!

1. Donate to a great cause (NewStory Center)

   Please type "Light Up Rutland" in the comments box when donating to help us track donations.

2. All voters will be entered to win gift cards from the Downtown Rutland Partnership!

3. Download the Light Up Rutland 2020 Lights Map.




*If you are unable to donate at this time, we completely understand. We want everyone to participate and enjoy the beauty so please download the map and head out to see the lights.


VOTE! Come back to this webpage after your nights out exploring and vote for your top 3 favorite Light Up Rutland displays to help your neighbors win a prize for lighting up your holiday! All voters will be entered to win gift cards from the Downtown Rutland Partnership! If you didn't in step 2 and if you are able to, donate whatever amount you can, to join your fellow Rutlanders in fundraising for a great cause. Please type "Light Up Rutland" in the comments box when donating to help us track donations. Voting closes midnight December 31st!



On January 8th, all winners will be announced via this website and our Facebook page, and prizes distributed. 

All donations will be very gratefully given to NewStory Center.


Celebrate the incredible community and holiday spirit of the Rutland Region! This has been a rough year with lots of division and turmoil. Rutland will rise above all of this if we decide to do so and get to work healing. With Light Up Rutland, together we will reflect on all the great ways we've supported each other this year as a fantastic group of people that care so much. Let's get ready to come together even more, building bridges and healing, as we prepare to bring our kindness to each other even more in the New Year! Thank you for connecting with each other Rutlanders, and thank you for connecting with Social Tinkering!


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Here at Social Tinkering: A Human Connection Project, we chose our byline very carefully - because feeling supported and cared for is really all about the meaningful human connections we make with each other, that make all the difference in our lives. We could not have put this event together without the support and caring of our wonderful partners and sponsors. A HUGE shout out to all the folks who stepped in to help as we put this together in just 2 short weeks time!

To our wonderful partners and sponsors: 



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