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Nacogdoches' Bert Rees Lighting Contest carries on beloved family tradition

If you have or see outdoor Christmas lights you like, take a picture and enter it in the Bert Rees Lighting Contest. (Source: KTRE Staff) If you have or see outdoor Christmas lights you like, take a picture and enter it in the Bert Rees Lighting Contest. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The late Bert Rees loved to decorate his homes for Christmas with lots and lots of lights. His family carries on the legacy by encouraging others to add some sparkle to Christmas. (Source: KTRE Staff) The late Bert Rees loved to decorate his homes for Christmas with lots and lots of lights. His family carries on the legacy by encouraging others to add some sparkle to Christmas. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The Bert Rees Lighting Contest is underway on social media. (Source: KTRE Staff) The Bert Rees Lighting Contest is underway on social media. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Now is the time to load up the kids, grab the blankets and hot chocolate, and drive around looking at outdoor Christmas lighting.

In Nacogdoches, the seasonal past time was always a favorite of the late Bert Rees. Now his family carries on the legacy. The Bert Rees Lighting Contest is in its sixth year.

All Nacogdoches County residents are encouraged to send in pictures of lighting displays. It's a social media contest, but elaborate decorations aren't a requirement for participation.

"Even if you think you have one strand of lights or not a lot, we just really just want people to enter the contest,” said Chay Runnels, the coordinator of the Bert Rees Lighting Contest and Rees’ daughter. “We want to have a map. We had one last year that we used Google maps and you just go on and download addresses and then families in the community can go and look at Christmas lights. That's the real purpose of this."

There are cash prizes thanks to sponsor Rees Jewelry, which is owned by the widow of Bert Rees. People's Choice and a Judge's Choice winners will be named. To find out how to post your picture to the contest go to the Bert Rees Lighting Contest Facebook page.

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