A yard filled with whimsical scenes, from Santa's workshop to old St. Nick riding piggyback on a polar bear, won first place in the Residential category of the 30th annual Holiday Outdoor Decorating Contest.
It was the second time winner Carrie Stewart Nolan entered the competition judged by the city's Civic Pride Committee. She and husband Nicholas Nolan received second place last year. This year her son, Casey Baker, and several of her friends helped set up the decorations that span the front yard at 246 S. Sparks St., and wrap around to Oak Street.
Family friend Liz Holt came up with the idea for Santa's Workshop this year. It has a conveyor belt with toys on it, Stewart Nolan said. John Bara set up the music system that plays carols. Others helping were Tony and Jennifer Beahan and Marvin Walker.
“It's a lot of fun,” Stewart Nolan said. “We just enjoy doing it, and the neighbors and people come by every day and thank us for putting it up. While we were doing it they were like 'Oh, I am so excited. What are you going to do over here?' They are just so joyous about it.”