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Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2013 4:30 am

Strung with more than 30,000 dancing lights, adorned Christmas trees and blankets of snow covering the front lawn, Christopher Meadows’ home became a popular holiday sight in the city.

Killeen continued its 20-year tradition of encouraging residents to show their holiday spirit and spread cheer through its annual outdoor holiday decorating contest.

The public voted on the homes entered in the contest Dec. 2-14, and Meadows’ spectacle was deemed the best in the city.

Meadows said this is the second year he’s decorated his home on Frontier Trail, but it’s his first time entering the contest, since he missed last year’s deadline.

“(My wife and I) love Christmas and we do it for the kids,” he said. “We’ve had about 300 to 400 people come by this year to see the light show. It’s been great

so far.”

Meadows said a lot of children line his driveway on the weekend to see Santa Claus, who has a workshop set up in the garage.

“The kids love it; they come see Santa and take pictures with him,” Meadows said. “We have candy canes, hot chocolate and my wife bakes. This past weekend we were really packed with people coming to see Santa. They filled the driveway waiting to come inside.”

Meadows said Santa will be at their 4222 Frontier Trail home from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday through Tuesday.

He also synced about 30,000 lights to play along with music and covered the front lawn in blankets of snow.

The light show can be seen from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wilfred Brewster, volunteer service director, said participation in the contest declines annually.

“I think there are two major factors that contribute to the decline in participation,” he said. “One is the economy. People are saving money and decorating can be costly. Another is the transitory nature of our community. A lot of our residents travel to see family during the holidays.”

There were five entries in the contest and 271 votes were cast.

Brewster said the winners received recognition and a trophy.

Jonathan Blauvelt’s Capricorn Loop home snagged second place, and Tony San Nicholas’ Traverse Drive home finished third.

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