Show off your holiday lights in a new Modesto Bee contest

Is your home lit up for the holidays from the foundation to the chimney? Is your front yard a wonderland of inflated snowmen and Santas? The Modesto Bee is looking for the brightest and most festive homes in the Modesto area this Christmas season.

We'll publish our annual list of some of the most sensational displays of the season in The Modesto Bee on Dec. 12, but we've decided to make it a little more interesting this year.

We're encouraging everyone with festive holiday lights not only to let The Bee know about their displays, but to enter a contest in which our readers will rate them. We'll feature the top-rated entry (and probably a few more) in the newspaper and on

To enter your home, go to this link, where you'll find instructions and the official rules.

To rate the entries, you'll need to register at that link, too. You can rate the entries once each day of the contest, which runs through Thursday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m.