Historic Waxahachie Inc. has announced it will host a Christmas Tour of Lights this year in place of its annual home tour.

The voting period for the contest will run Dec. 4-19.

“We want to give back to our community,” said Emily Glidewell-Finch, HWI president. “But we also want to ensure the safety of everyone. After careful consideration, we decided to cancel the annual home tour and, instead, replace it with an opportunity to brighten the lives of our residents and bring in visitors.”

Historic Waxahachie Inc. invites the community to participate in a holiday lighting contest and driving tour of Waxahachie’s historic style homes by decorating their homes with festive décor and, of course, lights.

The contest is open to all residents whose homes are 50 years or older. Any homeowner who is interested in participating should make sure their address is visible. Onlookers will be the judges as they have the opportunity to vote. A special collector’s program book and ballet boxes will be located in participating Waxahachie shops and restaurants.

A list of the locations will be posted as opening weekend draws closer. The community will also be able to vote through the website at

Vote for your favorite

The community is encouraged to vote for its favorite light display by submitting a ballot or voting through the website with their favorite home’s address.

The top three winners will receive cash prizes and voters will be entered for a gift basket drawing.

The Christmas Tour of Lights is made possible by sponsors Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie and Ellis County Title Company, who are partners in lighting up the community and brightening the holiday season.

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