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Celebration of Lights

The Celebration of Lights is an initiative run by the City of Dawson to celebrate the holiday season by beautifying the town and hosting small Christmas-related events to help offer opportunities to the public to recreate.

This year's Celebration of Lights features the Community Christmas Lights Contest, the 12 Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt, and the Gingerbread House Building Contest. See details on all the events below.

Community Christmas Lights Contest
Decorate your home, organization or business for the holiday season, and help make Dawson shine this December.

Between December 1 and 16, the public is invited to nominate and judge the best lights in Dawson. The ballot to enter is included below.

There are 3 categories in this contest:

- Best In-town residential
- Best Out-of-town residential
- Best Organization/Business

Nominations are performed by the public on their ballots. Feel free to campaign to improve your chances. May the best lights win!

Over $1000 available in prizes.

Ballots must be submitted by 4:59pm on Thursday, December 16, 2021. Winners to be announced December 17.


The 12 Days of Christmas Scavenger Hunt
The Recreation Department has partnered with various partners in Dawson to hide 12 numbered light ornaments, in the theme of the 12 Days of Christmas, throughout Dawson City. Community members are invited to hike, bike, ski, snowshoe or drive and find them all. 

Fill out your ballot and submit it in-person at the Waterfront Building or The Art and Margaret Fry Recreation Centre. Alternatively, you can email your submission to recreation@cityofdawson.ca. Ballots have been mailed to all PO Boxes in Dawson, are available at Waterfront Building, the Art and Margaret Fry Recreation Centre, and are also available below.

Ballots must be submitted by 4:59pm on Thursday, December 16, 2021. Winners to be announced December 17.

Gingerbread House Competition

Get out your icing! Build and decorate a gingerbread house for your chance to win! Bring your creations to the arena on December 12th or 13th and they will be displayed and voted on. Voting closes on Sunday, December 19th and winners will be announced on December 20th. There will be several price categories, bonus points for Klondike themed creations! Happy Decorating!