Christmas decorations light up Imlay City


IMLAY CITY — You don’t have to travel far in Imlay City to get plenty of help to get you in the holiday spirit.

Whether it’s a case of folks just wanting to get in the Christmas spirit, or the recent warmer weather, residents in Imlay City and points beyond seem to have gone above and beyond by decorating their yards and homes for the season.

Motorists who cruise the area of Maple Vista, Almont Avenue, Main Street and Fairview were treated to quite a display of Christmas lights and other decorations.

The home of Tracy Bon on N. Main Street was selected as the winner of the Imlay City Chamber of Commerce home decorating contest for Christmas. The home of Gladys Diaz, on Fairview, was picked as the second place winner. Be sure to take time this holiday season to pack up the family, go for a ride throughout the area and take in the many great Christmas light displays.

The same can be said for the townships and neighboring communities.

The Imlay City Area Chamber of Commerce traveled the mentioned locations, along with a home on Bowers Road, as they judged entries in the Chamber’s Home Decoration contest this week.

Residents made the selection hard for judges, putting up outstanding displays complete with lights, inflatable characters and figurines.

The contest was the first time the Chamber has sponsored the event in several years.

Using a system of voting by judges and social media with a 50-50 formula, the Chamber has announced the following results. Just the top two homes were selected from a list of several entries.

Winning the first place prize this year is the home of Tracy Bon on N. Main Street.

Both the front and side yard of the home is filled with bright lights on landscaping and figurines. The home’s roof line and porch pillars are all covered in hundreds of neatly placed festive lights.

The second place winner for 2023 is the home of Gladys Diaz on Fairview.

Her property is covered in lighted pine trees, lighted yard ornaments and Christmas lights on the front of the house. A brightly lit star is at the top of a pole on one end of the home.

Winning prizes were donated by Backyard Creations of Imlay City, Castle Creek Golf Club and the Tri-City Times.

Congratulations to all of the entries. The entries, in no particular order, included: Alice Vitale, Maple Vista; Tim Hill, Maple Vista; Amanda House, N. Almont Ave.; Kevin Cox, Bowers Road; Tracy Bon, N. Main; Gary Judge, N. Main; and Gladys Diaz, Fairview.

The Chamber would like to thank all of those who took time to enter the contest. Also, a thank you to the judges and those on social media who helped determine the winners by voting electronically.

A final thank you to those businesses who donated prizes for the two winning entries.

Here’s hoping for a bigger and BRIGHTER contest next Christmas season.