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Roundhouse Aquarium Holiday Lights Contest Returns

Dec 02, 2021 08:32AM ● By Mb News Staff
Who has the best holiday lights in town? You can enter your holiday light display in a local competition, and support the Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium in the process. 

The "Light Up the Beach Cities" holiday decorating contest - back for its second year - invites invites Southern California residents and businesses to join a holiday decorating contest designed to raise funds to support the Roundhouse Aquarium’s education programs on marine science.

The Oceanographic Teaching Stations, Inc. (OTS), the non-profit that manages and operates the Roundhouse Aquarium, is the official host of the contest. It is sponsored by The Corrales Group and Edison International.

These last 20 months of living in a way no one could have predicted propelled our team to re-imagine our Roundhouse Aquarium education programs, reaching more than 36,000 school-aged children throughout the United States and around the globe,” said Grace Adams, OTS executive director, in a statement. “More than ever, the Roundhouse Aquarium needs the community’s help to ensure that programs that inspire people of all ages to care for the oceans, tidelands and beaches continue to serve school-aged children and people of all ages and backgrounds. We are starting to welcome field trips to the aquarium now, and we hope to increase our reach to educate more young learners across the globe.”

All proceeds from the Light Up the Beach Cities fundraiser will support OTS’ science-based education programs on the oceans, tidelands and beaches.

Residents or businesses may enter by December 13 by contributing a $30 fee, online application and a photo. Information, instructions and application may be found at

Online voting will start on December 16, and a donation of $10 is requested to cast votes. 

Entries will be judged and prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

BEST OVERALL - Best overall from all entries

HOLLY JOLLY RESIDENCE - Best overall residence

JINGLE JANGLE “WHEELS” - Best and most festive vehicle (any type)           

MERRY AND BRIGHT BUSINESS - Best overall business                                                                                                                                 

ILLUMINATE THE BLOCK - Best multi-house display

HOLIDAY WHIMSY - Brings laughter and whimsical vibes

LET IT SPARKLE - Best use of holiday lights

The voting period will last through December 21. Winners will be announced on December 23.

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