Annual Doors of Shippan contest judging begins

December 15, 2017 GMT

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in southwestern Connecticut as homes and store fronts start dressing up.

In Stamford, Judges and clerks across Shippan spread out to review and judge the various wreaths and holiday decorations as part of the Shippan Point Garden Club’s annual Doors of Shippan contest.

Next door in Greenwich, Betteridge jewelers took a page straight out of the iconic holiday lights displays on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue during a holiday party in Greenwich.

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There are even the few locally-famous houses that go all out, Clark Griswold style. The Halliwell family in Fairfield has continued their 18-year tradition of lighting up their house as the “Wonderland on Roseville.”

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The most obvious things that signal the holidays are the annual festivals, holiday strolls, pop-up markets and tree lightings. But there are more subtle indicators too–like when cars start sprouting antlers and red noses.