New to Christmas Uptown in 2017 is the “Sights & Sounds of Christmas” Home Decorating contest. Open to all Wabash County Residents, the judges will choose 5 winners for Best Use of Lights, Best Traditional Decorations, Best Use of Sound, Best Use of Theme (A Disney Christmas), and an overall Grand Champion. Winners will be announced at the ceremony for the “Lighting of the City of Mt. Carmel Christmas Tree”, scheduled for 6pm Friday, December 1st at Veterans Park as part if the 10th Annual Christmas Uptown Festival. Winners receive a $25 Merchants Gift Check and Wall Plaque. Entries may be made online from the Christmas Uptown Mt. Carmel Facebook page, or by calling 618-263-2093. Deadline to enter is 10pm Sunday, November 26th with judging Monday evening, November 27th.