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Columbia City Christmas Decorating Contest

Annual Columbia City Community Christmas Decorating Contest

(COLUMBIA CITY) — Christmas lights sparkle from porches and peaks across Columbia City, adding to the excitement of the upcoming holiday season. Some residents decorate for the joy of it — and others have a competitive spirit, vying for prizes and prestige in the annual Columbia City Community Christmas Decorating Contest.

“As chair of the Columbia City Community Christmas Decorating Contest, I hope local homeowners will once again participate in our annual decorating contest,” stated Columbia City Councilwoman Jennifer Romano of Columbia City’s Southwest District.

The contest has been going on for many years now, creating traditions in neighborhoods across Columbia City and enabling local residents and families to bundle up, climb in the car with some cocoa and admire light displays around the city.

“Every Christmas season, my children, nephews and niece really look forward to driving around the city to check out the creativity and Christmas spirit on display. I’m excited to see this heartwarming tradition continue,” Romano added.

Participation is easy — just decorate with lights and festive decor in whatever way you choose! Be creative, have fun and you might win. Prizes will be awarded in four quadrants of the city and one overall winner will be chosen as well.

“With all of the Christmas decorations going up around Columbia City already, we’d really like homeowners to have their displays up by Friday, November 23, 2018, if possible this year. The committee will be judging residential light displays the following week. Be sure to have your lights on each evening during the following week as our committee travels around to judge the displays,” said Romano. “We will choose winners from each corner of the community and they’ll win cash prizes, plaques and be recognized during one of our Council meetings in December.”

“Residents are welcome to nominate their neighbors or even their own displays. Simply send us an email with your address and we will make sure we look at it,” Romano added. Email nominations to

Romano said the committee will judge displays, weather permitting, during the week of November 26-November 30. Winners will be publicly announced in December during a City Council Meeting.

If you have any questions or would like to recommend an address for the committee to check out this year, send an email to

Media Contact: Jennifer Romano (260) 610-1873​

Leaf Pickup Information

The Columbia City’s Street Department is announcing that their annual leaf pickup will begin on Monday October 22, 2018. The crews will be following the same routes as last year. The City has two (2) leaf vacuums. The City will be divided into half down Main Street, with one machine in each half, running at the same time. The pickup is at street side only. Our vacuum equipment will not fit in the alleys.

This is a “one pass only” per week for seven weeks. The Street Department asks that you have your leaves ready before the Monday of each week. Please rake leaves up to the curb not in the street. Leaves in the street cause many problems in bad weather plugging storm sewers. This is leaf pickup so please do not put limbs on the leaf piles.

(Limb pick up will be done for the year after October 2nd.)  If possible try not to have cars parked in front of the leaf piles. Leaves will not be raked from behind parked cars due to time restraints so the crews can get through the city each week.


New Residential Facade Program Introduced

The Columbia City Housing Authority recently announced a new program that will help residents spruce up the exterior of their home. The new Residential Façade Loan Program offers a zero-interest loan to help citizens make improvements to the outside of their house. “This is a project that the Housing Authority has had in the works for some time and are finally at a point where we can proceed,” said Columbia City Housing Authority President John Lefever. “We formally approved the program at the Housing Authority meeting and will start accepting applications right away.” Applications will be taken by the Housing Authority on a first-come, first-serve basis, throughout the year. The program has a per-project maximum request of $5,000 and can be used for improvements including, but not limited to: siding, porches, painting, gutters, doors, windows, roofing, driveway, and other repairs. “I applaud the Housing Authority for their continued efforts to expand their reach to residents of all income levels,” said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel. “I know that our City will find great benefit from the transformational effects of this program.”

The Housing Authority also manages the Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation (OOR) Program which focuses on low-to-moderate income households, ensuring a safe, sanitary, and secure housing stock for residents. More information on the Residential Façade Loan Program or the Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program can be found under the Community Development tab on the City’s Website, or in the Mayor’s Office.

The Columbia City Housing Authority was re-established in 2013 and meets on the Third Thursday at 5pm.

Media Contact:         John Lefever, CCHA President        260-609-1110

Visit Downtown CC

Since 1888, Columbia City has stood strong as the center point for commerce and family life in Whitley County. Historic homes and brick streets blend into the downtown corridor with unique shops and businesses for residents and visitors alike.

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3 reasons to love Columbia City

Whether you are moving into a new home or just stopping by for a cup of joe at Brewha, the City and its residents welcome you with smiling faces and open hands. This safe, hospitable community has grown tremendously over the past 20 years and they aren’t done yet! Enjoy the small town safety and affordability with the accessibility and convenience of big city amenities. With the Orthopedics Capital of the World nearby and the expanding defense and agricultural industries of Northeast Indiana, workers are needed to fill new and expanding companies. We know life is better together, so come be a part of our growing community!

  • Safe Community of friends

    Recently ranked as one of the Top 20 Safest Communities in Indiana, Columbia City prides itself on being a safe and attractive community for individuals and families. Firefighters, Police, and Dispatchers continually work along-side residents to enhance the safety of neighborhoods through proactive programs and practices.

  • There is a Home Waiting for You

    With a diverse housing stock and available lots, there’s a place for you in Columbia City. A quick look around the community will reveal a house of all shapes and sizes just waiting for a family to make it a home. Various available lots hold a world of potential where you can build the home of your dreams. With downtown revitalization, new career opportunities and a great quality of life, you’ll want to be planted at the heart of Whitley County!

  • Conveniently Close to Everything

    Columbia City is strategically located less than 20 miles from Fort Wayne, Warsaw, Fort Wayne International Airport and more than 1200 regional shops and businesses. Within a 600 mile radius is over 50% of all the Nation’s consumer base. That means less shipping time and costs for your business. But, Columbia City is not all about work. Nearby lakes beckon you to relax and enjoy your weekends. Small town eateries will delight your taste buds. And, a friendly conversation is waiting at every corner.