By Mike Goodman

At left: Last year’s Best Balcony winner: “Lucky Star” in Gangplank Marina; Courtesy of SWBID

Once again, the Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) brings the “Light Up Southwest” competition back to the neighborhood. Decorate your home or business for the holidays and you could win a $50 gift card to a neighborhood restaurant, or retailers will win a free ad in The Southwester

Participation categories for the residential competition are:

  • Best House
  • Best Window
  • Best Balcony

For retail, the contest is for Best Window.

Last year’s winners were:

Best House: 1427 Carrollsburg Pl., SW

The winner for best house went all out with Natitude! They even made a homemade World Series trophy and baseball ornaments to complement the inflatable snowman and Santa spreading holiday cheer. This was Jenny and Sam Harper’s second time winning it all in the Light Up Southwest competition. 

Best Balcony: “Lucky Star” in Gangplank Marina

“Lucky Star” lit up their deck to help spread the holiday excitement at Gangplank. They also kept with the Nationals spirit with a baby shark and Nats flag!

Best Window: 611 G St., SW

Their elegant snowflakes made 611 G St. a winner with their bright lights and classy décor.

Best Retail: UPS Store at the Wharf, 996 Maine Ave., SW

As a newcomer to the Southwest neighborhood, the UPS store really stood out with their floor-to-ceiling window decorations bringing color and light to Maine Ave.

For more information, or to register, see

Below: Last year’s Best House winner: Jenny & Sam Harper at 1427
Carrollsburg Pl., SW; Courtesy of SWBID

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