The City of Destin’s Christmas Outdoor Decorating Contest has begun. Judging will take place Dec. 1-15 within the city limits of Destin. All decorations must remain up through Dec. 31.

Winners will be announced Dec. 21 in the Destin Log and will be recognized at the Jan. 6, 2014, City Council meeting.

Awards will be given in the five categories listed below:

1. Best Decorated Home: This will include single homes, duplexes (best side), mobile homes, etc.

2. Best Decorated Business: This will include restaurants, shops, department stores, schools, professional offices, etc.

3. Best Decorated Organization: This category includes entrances to homeowner’s associations, golf courses, etc.

4. Best overall Holiday: This category includes all homes, business, and organizations throughout the City Limits that go above and beyond.

5. Best on the Harbor: This category is for homes on the harbor.

6. Best Decorated Condominiums: This category includes entrances to condominiums and the property as a whole.

If you think someone’s decorations deserves special attention you can bring it to the Judge’s attention by phoning 650-1241 or email