The Federal Hill Holiday Decorating Contest began in 2011 as the brainchild of two like minded citizens, Clark W. Griswold, and Eddie, who lived across the street. Both saw an opportunity to build much needed community spirit and foster friendships between neighbors. After all, the holidays are the perfect time to shake people out of their fast paced routine, and get them to talk to one another.
Since then the contest as grown like wild fire, and has proven itself in building neighborhood cheer. Elderly neighbors, who have lived here their whole lives, have stopped by to mention the sense of community spirit is better than they have seen in 60 years. People of all walks of life are found laughing and helping each other string lights. It's not about the competition, it's about what it does for those around it. It should also go without saying that the awards committee does not take part in the contest, even though their houses are made to inspire others. You might just stand a better chance then you think!
If you're interested in taking part, email Clark and Eddie with your name and street address. After a couple of years Clark and Eddie also realized that many would like to make the effort, but some of the technical aspects seem a bit challenging. Clark and Eddie are ready to field all questions via email at the "Contact" section of the website and you can check the "Lighting Tips" section of the website for some common issues and tips.
Help with the contest is always welcome, as are ideas for improvement. It's a lot of work getting the word out, putting up flyers, and helping out others. Please join us in our goal to make the neighborhood a more fun and exciting place.
Clark W. Griswold
Clark W. Griswald Memorial Award: This will be judged upon impressive lighting alone.
Slightly Classy: Wreathes, garlands, tasteful lighting etc.
Hampden Wanna-Be: Baltimore themed, creativity and kitsch being weighted heavily. We’ve all been to 34th street, eaten at the Café Hon, or seen “Hairspray,” so use these for inspiration if needed.
Winter Wonderland: Best block effort. It's pretty cool when an entire block gets together....
Best Williamsburg Style Decorations: A variation of Slightly Classy, with slightly more fruit.