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Munster’s ‘Light the Night’ will kick off holiday house lighting competition

Competition will raise money for Munster schools

By Josh Bootsma

MUNSTER, Ind. (November 27, 2022) – The town of Munster, Indiana, is planning a “Light the Night” event at Town Hall on Friday, December 2 to celebrate the holiday season, and kick off the town’s holiday lighting competition, which raises money to fund grants for Munster schools.

The free event will include the lighting of the town’s holiday decorations at 5:30 p.m., as well as the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus on a fire truck. Visits with the Claus couple will be available as well. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the event.

Decorating for a cause

The “Light the Night” event is the starting point of a month-long holiday decorating contest that the Munster Education Foundation, Munster Civic Foundation, and Munster Chamber of Commerce have collaborated to create.

“We’re delighted to partner with the Munster Civic Foundation and Munster Chamber of Commerce in creating a fantastic holiday experience that bolsters fundraising for Munster schools,” said Tricia Shelton, President of the Munster Education Foundation.

Last year, the second annual “Merry & Bright Holiday Lights Contest” included 26 decorated houses. Viewers can vote for which house is their favorite by going online and donating for each vote they want to cast.

New for this year’s event is a trolley ride available at multiple times on December 2 and 11, which will transport residents across Munster to view the houses participating in the lights contest. The cost is $10 per person and registration is required online.

More information, including photos of last year’s winners, can be found at

Munster Town Hall is located at 1005 Ridge Road in Munster, IN.

Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.