Green with white lettering Deck the House Logo with lights border

The Deck the House promotion is a first-year event that came together so quickly with a vision sparked by Fort Atkinson Parks & Recreation and morphed into a countywide collaboration celebration!

The Deck the House event encourages local Jefferson County residents to list their holiday-decorated homes into a competition for local prizes and create a holiday lights map for communities to share with residents. In a year when many holiday events have been cancelled or changed to accommodate COVID safety, this event allows for viewing holiday lights in a safe way. As always, the Jefferson County Tourism Council encourages all to practice COVID-responsible safety guidelines when visiting or participating in events. Check out these links from the CDC, State, and Jefferson County for the best safety practices.

Watertown Deck the House Home with holiday lights and inflatable snowman

Many thanks to Jefferson County Parks who contacted both the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce and Jefferson County Tourism Council to join in this fun promotion! Within this collaborative effort, there’s a wonderful mix of parks departments, chambers of commerce, tourism entities, and Jefferson County  communities coming together to inspire joy and merriment during these difficult times.

Watertown Deck the House Home with holiday lights

Participating communities in the Deck the House countywide holiday lights decorating contest and touring map include:  Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Cambridge, Watertown, Whitewater, and Johnson Creek.

Watertown Deck the House Home with blue holiday lights

Enjoy the tour!

Here’s a link to the interactive map.   Take the family on a drive to see all of the homes all lit up for the holidays!  Then vote for your favorites.

Vote for your Top 3 Favorites!

Voting is now open (until December 20th).  Vote for your top three homes here.   Keep up with the latest news at the Deck the House Facebook link.

Winners will be announced on December 21st!

Top vote getters in each community will be announced December 21st and receive prize packages from each of their respective communities.

The top vote getter from each community will advance to the next voting round to crown the countywide winner by year’s end. The countywide winner will receive a holiday prize package from the Jefferson County Tourism Council. Be sure to check back on our Jefferson County Tourism Facebook page for additional updates on how to vote for the countywide winner.

It has been quite a year.  We at the Jefferson County Area Tourism Council wish you and yours a peaceful, safe, and happy holiday season!

Cambridge's Downtown Veteran's Park flagpole Christmas Tree with multicolored lights and star on top

Carol Sapienza is the General Manager at The Victorian of Cambridge offering luxury lodging and events.  Carol is also the Board Secretary of the Jefferson County Tourism Council and the Village of Cambridge Tourism Volunteer.