In a society where Christmas has become for many – especially children – a secular holiday. To combat this, the Knights of Columbus has introduced the Keep Christ in Christmas poster contest. This program – similar to the Substance Abuse Awareness Poster Contest – will allow young people to engage their creative talents and imaginations while understanding the true, spiritual meaning of Christmas.

Entries in the Knights of Columbus “Keep Christ in Christmas” Poster contest must include a slogan reflecting the topic and an original visual image.


The Knights of Columbus “Keep Christ in Christmas” Poster Contest is open to all young people between the ages of 5 and 14.


Contest entrants compete in one of three age groups—ages 5 through 7, ages 8 through 10, and 11 through 14. Some schools may have different age brackets for their elementary and middle schools. In these cases it may be appropriate to group students by grade rather than age. Sponsoring councils should use their own judgment in deciding how to group participants. (Each local, district, regional or state competition may have up to 6 winning entries – first, and second place winners in each age group.)


Poster must reflect the theme of Keep Christ in Christmas

Each poster should be the original work (including concept, layout, slogan and any visual images)

Poster must be 11×17 inches in size. If pastels, chalk or charcoal are used the poster must be laminated or covered with clear plastic.

Each poster must be submitted with the Knights of Columbus “Keep Christ in Christmas” Poster contest entry form – make sure your council number is included. The name and age of the entrant should be printed on the reverse side of the poster in case the poster and entry form get seperated.

All entries become property of the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council. Posters will not be returned.


Judging teams should be composed of students, Knights, teachers, administrators, council Chaplain, pastor, etc. A 100-point scoring system will be used to determine the winners.

Slogan-30 points: How clearly is the theme presented?

Visuals-30 points: How well do the visuals convey the message?

Overall Impact-40 points: How effective was the poster in capturing your attention and causing you to reflect on the topic at hand?

Knights of Columbus “Keep Christ in Christmas” Poster contest entry form