BERNALILLO — Seventeen residential homes and three establishments were very much in the Christmas spirit, decked with lights, luminarias and other decorations during Saturday’s “Brighten Bernalillo” Christmas decoration competition.

Two judges, escorted by Bernalillo Economic and Community Development Director Mike Kloeppel, strolled throughout town to see the addresses of those participating in the event.

Kloeppel told the Observer the Town of Bernalillo brought back “Brighten Bernalillo” in 2020 after a number of years where it did not take place.

To see the list of winners in the coming days, visit

Photos by Rio Rancho Observer staff writer Matt Hollinshead.