The annual "Light Up Christiana" Christmas lighting contest took place on Saturday evening as part of Christmas in Christiana, sponsored by the Lions Club. Based on five different categories, winners were carefully selected from the decorated homes and the homeowners were awarded with prize monies that were donated by local businesses.Also during the event, Santa Claus visited Harrison House, had lunch with the local children at the fire company, and toured the town for the rest of the day. Sundown marked the lighting of the luminaries.
Santa's choice for the lighting contest went to Andy and Doreen Leaman of 123 Elizabeth St. They were awarded $200. Santa chose Connie Macon's home at 16 Slokom Ave. as his second choice, she received $150, and Karen Williamson of 316 N. Bridge St. was St. Nick's third favorite of the evening, being awarded a prize of $100.
Jim and Doris Groff of 109 Green St. were voted as having the best decorated door.
Angie's Shampoo & Shave, 28 S. Bridge St., had the Kids' Fav of all of the decorations.
Robert and Joan Shivery took the prize for having the most lights on their home at 28 Elizabeth St.
The most original decorations were discovered at 110 Pine St., the home of Warren Roten.
The Christiana Lions Club also celebrates the Christmas season by holding the Santa Fund. Residents are given the opportunity to make a donation to the hardship fund in memory or in honor of a loved one.
This year the Santa Fund raised $390. The Lions Club received quite a few requests for money this year. The need ranged from heating oil and electric bills to medical expenses and glasses.
Gifts were received from the following:
Jim Kauffman, in memory of Fred and Mary Kauffman; Ed and Barbara Baylor, in memory of Peg Martin and Lawrence and Flora Ross; Tom and Dottie Hirst; Dorothy Semeneck, in memory of Walter Begley; Martha J. Moffett, in memory of Don Moffett; Richard and Nancy Stiles and Helen Miller, in memory of Carl Miller and Paul Stiles; Brayton and Ruth Hershey; and Rosalyn Warren, in memory of Arthur Warren, Jr. Anonymous gifts were received as well.
Prize money and other donations for the Christmas in Christiana celebration were contributed by: Angie's Shampoo & Shave, Harold's Discount Furniture, Apple Auto Sales, Harrison Senior Living, Atglen Family Dentistry, Hirst TV, Atglen Veterinary Hospital, J.D. Kauffman Machine Shop, Bev's Puppy Paradise, Lanchester Dental Association, Christiana American Legion Post #865, Lanchester Medical Center, Christiana Beverage, Pasquale's Pizza, Christiana Borough, Pipe Data View, Christiana Eye Care, Shivery Funeral Home, Christiana Fire Company, Stoltzfus Feed & Supply, Christiana Garage, The Barn Yard, Christiana Laundry, Victorian Heritage, Christiana Masonic Lodge, Wal-Mart, Clean Stream Water, Inc., Walter and Jackson, Dutchway Farm Market, Wenger & Company, and Dutchway Value Mart.