Light Up Durham

The Durham Business Association presents the 18th Annual Light Up Durham!

We are encouraging all businesses to light their business fronts and share in spreading the joy of the season. It’s razzle-dazzle time!  Harness your artistic, creative, innovative genes to start planning a lighted holiday display for your downtown Durham business or Greek House. 

We’re going for greater participation to make this year’s contest “bigger and better”! 



The Annual Light Up Durham Annual Lighting Contest is intended to benefit the entire Durham community, which includes Durham residents and businesses, as well as, UNH faculty, staff, and students. This is an opportunity for everyone to get involved and to encourage local support for our businesses.

Judging will take place Thursday, December 4, 2014 beginning at 5:30 PM.

2014 Information & Guidelines

  • Contest is open to all Durham Businesses and recognized Greek fraternities and sororities.

The guidelines for judging include:

  • The effectiveness of lights creating the display.
  • The placement and uniformity of the lights.
  • The use of design and color to create the decorations.
  • The use of special lighted displays.
  • The ingenuity, originality, and creativity exercised in the decorations.

Holiday Lights are available for sale at Town & Campus and Rite Aid.

2013 Lighting Contest Winners

Each year, the Durham businesses and the University of New Hampshire fraternities and sororities brighten the community by participating in a holiday lighting contest. The Annual Light Up Durham Lighting Contest benefits the entire Durham community, which includes Durham residents and businesses, as well as, UNH faculty, staff, and students. Throughout the season residents and visitors are invited to enjoy the Downtown Business and University of New Hampshire Greek holiday lighting contest. Click here to read more on this year’s contest as reported in The New Hampshire newspaper.


First Place: Durham Book Exchange & Libby’s Bar & Grill
Second Place: Froyo World Frozen Yogurt
Third Place: Wildcat Fitness

Student Residents-2 Davis Court


First Place: Sigma NU and Lambda Chi Alpha
Second Place:  Alpha Sigma Phi

First Place: Alpha Chi Omega
Second Place:  Kappa Delta
Third Place: Chi Omega

For more information please contact the Durham Business Association

Durham Business Association

15 Newmarket Road Durham NH 03824 603.590.0075