Look at those Lights: Winner and runner-up announced

After more than a week of voting, viewers have picked their favorite holiday display in eastern North Carolina for our Look at those Lights contest.

Congratulations to the Walston family, the winner of our contest and taking home $300.

You can check out their holiday display in the Cedar Ridge Neighborhood in Winterville.

The spectacular display features inflatables, light-up deer, wooden cutouts and thousands of bulbs on the roof, porch and lawn that make the house glow. Visitors can get a taste of the winter wonderland by walking through a special, light-up path on the lawn.

Their display is so grand, it even gets a nod from their neighbors with an arrow lit up pointing to the Walston home with the message "ditto".

The runner-up prize of $150 goes to Terry and Irene James in Jacksonville.

They call their display a "Christmas Wonderland." Each year children all across the state drive to visit their decorated home. Families can stop by to get a free cup of hot cider or visit with Santa.

They say they begin putting up the decorations right after Thanksgiving, which includes more than 500,000 lights. The James family says they have been putting up the display for 27 years.

WITN wants to congratulate all the finalists in our Look at those Lights contests.


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WITN's annual Look at those Lights holiday light display contest ends on Friday, December 22 at 5pm.

Five finalists have been selected for a final round of voting before a Grand Prize and Runner-Up are announced during the 6pm news Friday.

Here are the five finalists:

Choice #1
The first finalist is our winner from the first day of the contest -- the home is in the Cedar Ridge Neighborhood in Winterville. The spectacular display would make Clark Griswald jealous, and it got props from their neighbor across the street who set up a "ditto" sign.

Choice #2
Finalist number two is our winner from last Friday. This home is on Kent Roberson Rd. in the Farmlife community of Martin County. The homeowner says it takes three weeks to set up the display, which includes a 16-foot reindeer and sleigh.

Choice #3
The third finalist is a house on Par River Dr. in Jacksonville. Terry and Irene James say they have about 500,000 lights set up and they offer families that stop by a cup of hot cider and a visit with Santa.

Choice #4
The fourth finalist is from Dane Court in Havelock where Santa Claus sits in his rocker waiting to greet children, who can drop their letter to Santa in a very special mailbox!

Choice #5
The fifth finalist is from Bayview Road in the Beaufort County Town of Bath, where a hot chocolate tub sits among several traditional Christmas tree displays. There are also holiday projections on each side of the house and a digital Santa in the window.

To vote for your favorite, click here. Make sure you tune in to WITN News at 6pm on Friday to hear the winner announcement!

Happy Holidays!