Merry & Bright Holiday Lights Experience Logo 2

Munster Education Foundation's third-annual Merry & Bright Holiday Lights Experience kicks off on Dec. 2! This annual event raises money for local schools through votes for participating houses. Last year, 26 homes entered this festive contest, raising money for innovative educational experiences at Munster schools.

Join us for Light the Night, an annual tree-lighting ceremony sponsored by MEF, the Munster Civic Foundation, and the Munster Chamber of Commerce, on Dec. 2 at from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Munster Town Hall. This event features festive food, local vendors, and fun for all ages. New this year: trolley rides on Dec. 2 and Dec. 11—available for a nominal cost—to view the holiday lights.

Then, view the holiday lights around town Dec. 2 through Dec. 31 and vote for your favorite home. Every vote goes toward grants for Munster schools.

Find ways to participate below!

Here's a look at our 2021 winners:

People's Choice Award

Certa’s White Oak Wonderland

Clark Griswold Award for Most Lights

Arches On Elliott - Forsyth Family

Best in Show

Christmas with The Carrs

Incredible Inflatables Award

Santa’s Helpers - Nelson Family


Curated Map of Decorated Homes in Munster

Do you love looking at holiday lights and decorations? We’ve got a map for you! By making a donation to MEF, you can download a map of all the homes participating in this contest. The map also includes an easy-to-use link to Google maps so that you won't have to enter each home's address individually. Get your family in the holiday spirit as you tour the lights of Munster. Download your copy through Dec. 31.

Vote for your favorite home!

Each decorated home in our Merry & Bright Holiday Lights Contest is collecting votes to win our competition, with the proceeds benefiting Munster schools. Make a donation on their page to cast your vote!

$1 = 1 vote. Vote until Dec. 31.

Mark your calendars: Our next Jeans & Jerseys event is set for Feb. 3, 2023, at Byway Brewery! Look for more information soon. Thank you to everyone who has helped make this annual event a success!

Thank you to everyone that participated in our Stampede and sent these friendly foals to their neighhhbors -- as a thank you, congrats, or just for a fun surprise! MEF corralled these ‘Stangs all around town to support our schools.

Amazon Smile

Shop AmazonSmile and Amazon will automatically donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to MEF! AmazonSmile is the same products, same prices, same service. Simply select the Munster Education Foundation as your charity of choice and go to every time you shop to fund MEF.

Education Foundation License Plate

Show your commitment to Munster education directly on your license plate. Approximately 60% of the license plate fee goes right to our schools. By selecting the Indiana Department of Education license plate, you are making a contribution that goes directly to the Munster Education Foundation.