**UPDATE: WEST ISLAND COMMUNITY SHARES HAS ANNOUNCED THE WINNER OF THE HOLIDAY TREE CONTEST AND WE'RE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCED THAT CBC MONTREAL HAS WON!

Congratulations to everyone who participated and thank you to everyone who voted.

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Ornaments? Check. Strategy? Check. Insatiable desire for victory? Triple check. 

On Friday, Dec 1, CBC Montreal will vie against 12 other teams for the title of "favourite holiday tree" in a charity event benefiting West Island Community Shares.

Last year, the team came third. This year, armed with a whole new strategy and a secret weapon, they're going for gold.

The event takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. at Plaza Pointe-Claire and is part of WICS and CBC's "Light Up Our Community" campaign. 

Competitive tree decorating

Last year, team CBC came third with this magnificent offering. This year, armed with a whole new strategy and a secret weapon, they're going for gold. (Andrea Stanford/CBC)

Each team has 45 minutes to decorate an unadorned tree. The end results are posted online and the public then gets to vote for their favourite. You can place your vote here.

After last year's crushing defeat, team leader Julie Melanson has taken the year to rebuild. 

"Last year's offering was magnificent, but this year we're going in a whole new direction. I've got a new team, a new vision and I'm ready to take it to the next level", she says.

With first chair decorator Sonali Karnick off on mat leave, Melanson had big shoes to fill. Enter Sabrina Degni, star of CBC's Great Canadian Baking Show, whose vision and eye for detail will hopefully catapult the team into first place.

Sabrina Degni

CBC Montreal's (not so) secret weapon: Sabrina Degni, star of CBC's Great Canadian Baking Show. (The Great Canadian Baking Show)

Though some might feel like the team's insatiable hunger for victory contrasts with the light-hearted nature of event, CBC Montreal maintains that they'll be gracious participants, no matter what the outcome.

"At the end of the day, it's for a good cause, so everyone's a winner. But also, we will be the winner", says Melanson.

The event is free and open to the public. CBC Montreal will be at Plaza Pointe-Claire all day in support of West Island Community Shares as part of their "Light up the Community Campaign". Join Shawn Apel, Sue Smith and Debra Arbec for ​for a day of music, stories and giving​​. 

Click here for all the details.