Entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. Dec. 14, judging will be Dec. 15.

A favorite holiday tradition in Hannibal is the annual drive around town to see Christmas lights. Hannibal Parks & Recreation is hoping to make it easier to find those houses that show off holiday spirit.

In the Holiday House Decorating contest, families and individuals decorate their home for the holidays and take an exterior photo or video of it for judging.

Anyone who sends in an entry is on a list of decorated houses. There is a contest portion, but the main idea is to provide a list to people who want to see the lights and decorations.

Categories for prizes are:

• Clark Griswold

• Mayor’s Choice

• People’s Choice

• Most Holiday Spirit

• Creative Use of Lights

• Best Commercial Building, a new category, which allows business to participate

Entries will be judged by the Hannibal mayor James Hark, Hannibal Arts Council director Michael Gaines, Hannibal Chamber of Commerce director McKenzie Disselhorst and others. The winner of the People’s Choice award will be the photo with the most likes and/or comments on the Hannibal Parks Facebook page. Winners will receive a prize donated by SC Data, along with a sign donated by Park Place Sign Systems.

Entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. Dec. 14, judging will be Dec. 15. The contest is open to Hannibal residents. Rules are available at HPR office, 320 Broadway or at the Hannibal Parks & Recreation website, www.hannibalparks.org

Addresses of entries will be available at participating downtown merchants, on Hannibal Parks & Recreation website, www.hannibalparks.org; and photos and addresses will be available on the Hannibal Parks Facebook page.

Winning entries will be published in the Christmas edition of the Hannibal Courier-Post.

Email submissions to jmcdonald@hannibal-mo.gov