Nov 29, 2022

Abilene residents compete for Cowtown Christmas Light Showdown grand prize

Posted Nov 29, 2022 1:02 PM
<b>Fireworks during the 2021 event.</b> Photos courtesy&nbsp;<i>Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau</i>
Fireworks during the 2021 event. Photos courtesy Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau

Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau

ABILENE - If you love Griswold-style holiday decorations, you won’t want to miss the 2nd annual Cowtown Christmas Light Showdown Saturday in Abilene.

“I love looking at Christmas lights,” said Cory Frey, contest organizer. “My goal is for the displays to draw thousands of people to Abilene and for residents to gather and go from house to house admiring the lights and decorations.”


1. All voting will take place in conjunction with the Christmas Cruise for Food. 

2. Drop off a food item or monetary donation from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Abilene Food Bank, 409 NW Third Street next to the Sunflower Hotel. Please use the eastbound lane that is designated for dropoffs, and volunteers from the Food Bank and Neighbor to Neighbor will be waiting to accept your donations.

3. Then, you will receive a ballot and map for the Cowtown Christmas Light Showdown. 

4. Cruise around Abilene to view all of the entries and select your favorite.

5. Ballots must be turned in by 7:30 p.m. at Amanda's Bakery & Bistro, 302 N. Broadway Avenue. 

Frey will announce the winners at 8 p.m. during the Mayor’s Holiday Tree Lighting at Little Ike Park. A downtown fireworks display will conclude the evening.

Almost Home Realty, Abilene Physical Therapy, Solid Rock Audio Video, JRI Hospitality, The Farmhouse, Original Grande, Salina Country Club and Ingermanson Farms are sponsoring the contest.

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