For 15 years, Scott Miller has been decorating his home for the holiday season with eye-catching lights and displays.

They include homemade wooden cutouts of Montana’s big game animals, such as moose, sheep, goats and elk. Miller also has blowups, a teeter totter, Santa Claus, snowmen and penguins — his daughter’s favorite animal.

Families and children come visit his home each winter, and some have even sung carols and danced.

“That makes the whole thing right there,” Miller said. “That’s why I do it, it brings out the best in people.”

Miller recently won second place in Prudential Montana Real Estate’s first annual “Get Your Lights On” Christmas lights contest. But he said winning contests isn’t the reason for his displays.

“It’s all for the kids in my book,” he said.

The judges, volunteers from the real estate office, chose three winners from 20 nominations. They each received a cash prize and got to give another $100 to a charity of their choice.

Bambi and Ernie Dennis claimed first place for their lights and displays, which include a petting zoo and “Santa’s workshop,” complete with hot cocoa and cookies. They open their home to the public Thanksgiving weekend through New Year’s Day every Thursday through Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m.

“It was fantastic and wonderful,” Bambi said about winning the contest.

She added that a bus and a limo have stopped by her house this year.

The Dennises chose to make a donation to Eagle Mount, an organization that provides therapeutic recreation opportunities for people of all ages and disabilities.

Tim Gray was awarded third place for his display of lights that coordinates with a radio music program.

For a complete list of entries and photos, visit

Carly Flandro may be reached at 582-2638 or

Christmas Lights 2011

This table shows Christmas lights displays entered into the Prudential Montana Real Estate "Get Your Lights On" contest for 2011.

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Place Address
First Place 7776 Leverich Road, Bozeman, MT
Second Place 444 Coral Drive, Belgrade, MT
Third Place 313 Powder River Avenue, Bozeman, MT
Runner Up 70 Cayuse Trail, Bozeman, MT
Runner Up 4330 Graf St., Bozeman, MT
Runner Up 127 W. Cameron Bridge Road, Belgrade, MT
Runner Up 1010 Northern Pacific, Belgrade, MT
Runner Up 1008 E. Gallatin, Belgrade, MT
Runner Up 4111 Reese Creek Road, Belgrade, MT
Runner Up 19 Sundance Trail, Four Corners, MT
Runner Up 411 Teton Avenue, Bozeman, MT
Runner Up 8670 Fowler Avenue, Bozeman, MT
Runner Up 1062 Oak Street, Bozeman, MT
Runner Up 605 N. Rouse Ave., Bozeman, MT
Runner Up 7666 Stagecoach Trail Rd, Manhattan, Gallatin, Montana 59741
Runner Up 506 Date Street, Three Forks, MT
Runner Up 24 W. Front St, Three Forks, MT
Runner Up 11 W. Front St., Three Forks, MT
Runner Up 522 Fifth Avenue East, Three Forks, MT

Related Map

This map shows Christmas lights displays entered into the Prudential Montana Real Estate "Get Your Lights On" contest for 2011. Click on any of the markers to see a photo and the address of the light display.

The top three finishers in the contest are marked with stars.

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