The results are in for WOW’s 2023 Holiday Decorating Contest. Our panel of judges spent the weekend taking in all of the wonderful holiday decorations from the list of submissions this year and they all agreed, we have some top-notch decorations in Westchase and our Northwest neighborhoods! Winners are listed below, as well as a list of very worthy honorable mentions. Congratulations to all!
This list is a great way for everyone to get out and get in the holiday spirit right here in our community. Thank you to all who participated and shared your decorations with us. Happy Holidays!
First Place: David Rojas Jr. and Family, 9946 Stockbridge Drive (also pictured above)
Rojas is a repeat winner, and for good reason. Each year, he handcrafts a portion of his decorations. This year, his handiwork can be seen in the wooden manger structure and the hand-painted signs in a display where the nativity took center stage in multiple forms. Several judges noted the intricate use of lights in shades of purple, green and gold running through the grass, along all sides of the home and framing the windows.
Second Place: Gordon and Liz Price, 10416 Snowden Pl
Neighbors took to WOW’s Facebook page to cheer on Gordon and thank him for his efforts year after year. “All year Gordon Price spends days creating and engineering new colorful decorations for everyone to enjoy, especially the kids,” said neighbor Craid Zampiceni. Another neighbor chimed in that the neighborhood kids quickly made this a nightly ritual. That certainly must make the effort worthwhile. Judges noted the extensive use of colorful lights and the sheer magnitude of the effort.
Third Place Tie: Dan and Robert Good, 12428 Bristol Commons Circle
Dan and Robert’s home sits at the midway point of a block renowned in Westchase for their decorating teamwork. The Good home is a feast for the eyes during the holidays with traditional pops of green and red. The display has a wholesome holiday feel with Santa taking center stage.
Third Place Tie: The Baugh Family, Lightner Bridge in The Bridges
This display combined a multitude of lights and whimsical projections to create a delightful display. A chair lift and vintage truck add to the delight. They even have a mailbox for letters to Santa and a promise a letter in return for those who include their address – a nice, neighborly touch.
Westchase First Place: Bristol Commons Circle in Woodbay
Each home on this loop lets their unique holiday spirit shine through – whether that is for Christmas or Hanukkah or the holiday season. It is tied together with zig zag lights strung from treetops, making a delightful drive for visitors.
Westchase Second Place: Keswick Place cul de sac in Keswick Forest
Keswick Forest pulled together an amazing display of colorful tunnels, giant snowmen and a delightful welcome sign that offers an enchanting cul de sac to walk or drive through.
Northwest First Place: Mandolin Estates
Minaret Drive sets the pace for this repeat winner, with a lovely loop of lights reflecting off the pond. And the holiday décor continues throughout the community with brightly lit tunnels along the way. (Note: Mandolin Estates is a gated community.)
Northwest Second Place: Windsor Place
We were pleased to see Windsor Place throw their hat in the ring this year and there were a number of lovely displays throughout the loop. The illuminated palms at the entrance were a lovely touch.
- The Pivnichny Family, 10306 Seabridge Way
- The Tucker Family, 10011 Bridgeton Drive
- The Reynolds Family, 9608 Gretna Green Dr
- Matt Keleshian, 12120 Clear Harbor Dr
- Nancy and Dale Sells, 12123 Clear Harbor Dr
- Diane and Mark Kolligian, 12026 Brewster Drive
- Rachel Comella, 10206 Rubury Place
- Renee and Jeff Girard, 9921 Brompton Dr
- Lisa and Todd Noel, 10521 Weybridge Dr’
- Beverly Frey, 10024 Parley Dr
- Kerri and Brandon Lind, 10030 Tate Lane
- Clear Harbor Loop in Harbor Links
- Seabridge Way cul de sac (judge write in)