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Greenbrier wins Festival of Lights

The Garlic wins Festival of Trees
KILLINGTON - After a full tour of decorated businesses in Killington on Dec. 15, all five judges unanimously ranked Greenbrier with the highest marks. "Theirs had the best 'wow' factor, it was very impressive and even included holiday music," said John Harniman, a judge representing The Mountain Times. Amy Morrison, a representative judge from the Town of Killington agreed, "The Greenbrier had the full package and just looked great!"
As the winner, Greenbrier Inn & Gift Shop received a blackout pass from Killington Resort, a $1,000 ad package from The Mountain Times and a plaque to display at their business. When the votes were tallied, Snowed Inn (who won the contest last year) received second place, and will also receive a plaque for their light display. Third place was a tie between North Star Lodge whose outside display was extensive and Birch Ridge Inn whose tree inside was stunning.
Although not officially a part of the competition, judges also wanted to note the outstanding displays at the Killington Deli and Casey's Caboose.
The Festival of Lights was organized in partnership by the Town of Killington, The Mountain Times and the Killington Chamber of Commerce, with Killington Resort generously donating the blackout pass for the winner. The Festival of Lights encourages business owners to show their holiday spirit and welcome visitors by decorating for the holidays.
Earlier in the weekend, participants at the Festival of Trees also ranked businesses according to their holiday spirit, this time on the cleverness, quality and value of their Christmas tree decorations on display on the Grand Hotel Ballroom.
The Garlic took the first prize with their "Vintage Skier" themed tree, while the Snowed in again received second and Domenics Upscale Pizza Joint took home third.