Superior competitors shine brightly in annual lighting challenge

Superior has dozens of entries, including a grand master display.
People pause and look up at Brett and Amanda DeFoe’s house at 2101 E. 3rd Street in Superior Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. The house won the master display title in the Christmas Lighting Challenge in 2019. Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

The Christmas Lighting Challenge is on.

More than 75 dazzling displays throughout the Northland, including 21 residences and seven businesses in Superior, are competing to snag the most votes in the annual contest. Online voting takes place through Dec. 20.

One Superior display, the Christmas Corner at 2101 E. Third St., is a featured Grand Master display this year. Visitors can walk through the whimsical wonderland and even drop off letters to Santa through Dec. 17, according to the Christmas Corner Facebook page . A return address should be included if the child would like to receive a letter from Santa in return.

Contestants do more than light the neighborhood; they also help local nonprofits. This year, the Superior-Douglas County Area Chamber of Commerce ambassadors will donate $5 per entry to the Center Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse. At least $150 will be donated this year, according to marketing director Nikky Farmakes.

Winners in Duluth, Superior, Cloquet and Hermantown will receive a gift basket with hundreds of dollars in prizes and gift cards from local retailers and an award to commemorate their win. The winners will be announced Dec. 22 at a special ceremony at Bentleyville.


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Visit to vote, view an interactive map of displays and download a Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt.

The following is a list of Superior entries:


409 54th Ave. E.

3811 E. 8th St.

East End


3008 E. Fifth St.

2101 E. Third St.

1830 E. 10th St.

1829 E. Seventh St.

217 17th Ave. E.

302 17th Ave. E.

611 12th Ave. E.

403 E. Fifth St.


North/Central Superior

1107 N. Seventh St.

1512 Baxter Ave.

1717 Hughitt Ave.

1919 Weeks Ave.

1302 N. 21st St.

3114 Hughitt Ave.

Billings Park/South Superior

1928 Missouri Ave.

2319 Susquehanna Ave.

2319 Iowa Ave.

6007 Banks Ave.

1521 Texas Ave. B


Humane Society of Douglas County, 138 Moccasin Mike Road

Fairlawn Mansion, 906 E. Second St.

Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center, 305 Harborview Parkway

Burger King, 724 Belknap St.

Imperium Chiropractic, 1001 Belknap St., Suite 111

Senior Connections, 1805 N. 16th St.

Street Androy Hotel, 1213 Tower Ave.

Maria Lockwood covers news in Douglas County, Wisconsin, for the Superior Telegram.
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