2021 Bert Rees Lighting Contest 2

Bert Rees Lighting Contest

Longtime resident and SFA professor Bert Rees loved all things Christmas. Growing up in the Rees house meant decked out Holiday décor both inside and out. He loved it so much he and his family created the Bert Rees Lighting Contest to spread Christmas cheer throughout the town.

Last year Visit Nacogdoches and the Rees Family lit up Nacogdoches for the 10th year in a row. We hope you'll participate again for the 11th Annual Contest! The range of categories makes it possible for all to participate. Let us all celebrate the joy of the Christmas season and be like Bert! Help us light up Nacogdoches for us all to enjoy.


The 2021 Bert Rees Lighting Contest map is here! Click the link below to see where the best spots to see Christmas Lights are. More will be added as entries come in!



People’s Choice—Do you have what it takes to win over the masses? Entries in this category will be posted on the Bert Ree’s Facebook Page for a popular choice vote. The photo with the most reactions wins this category!

Theatrically Themed—Do your decorations have a theme like “Disney” or Red & White all over? This is the category for you! Remember you can enter multiple categories!

Totally Traditional—If your decorations are simple but classy, no-fuss and timeless, now is your time to shine!

Company/Business Display—For all our shop owners, businesses big and small, there’s a category for you too! Decorated businesses make our town beautiful and inviting. Thank you for participating! Downtown Merchants, your decorated windows count in this category too!

Small but Mighty—We believe homes of all sizes deserve to win! Enter this category if your home is on the smaller side but still spectacular.

Creative Genius—This category is for those who pull out all the stops and think outside the box. Let your imagination run wild!

Beyond Amazing Balcony—Apartment dwellers, you’re invited to participate too! Show us what you’ve got with pretty porch lights and garland galore.

Magical Mailbox—If time isn’t on your side but you still want to participate, enter this category with a magical mailbox decoration!


Click here for the form.

Fill it out online and email the completed form to marketing@visitnacogdoches.org


Print the form, fill it out and drop it off at the Visitor Center (200 E. Main Street) You may also scan it in and email it to the address above. 

Please contact us at 936-564-7351 or email us if you have any trouble. 

NOTE: If you are entering the People's Choice category, you MUST send in a photo as well to be considered! The photo will be posted on Facebook for voting.