Involvement doubles in annual Holiday Decorated Window Contest

The number of decorated windows downtown has more than doubled this year with the annual DBIA Holiday Decorated Window Contest.

This year’s contest has seen some changes with new combined judging, For the first time, customers are able to vote online for their favourite window. The outcome of the online votes will be combined with live votes by guest judges from Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School visual arts program.

Online voting began on Friday, November 22 and runs until 4pm on December 7.

The students from TASS will be judging the windows on Saturday, December 7 from 12 to 4pm. Media are invited to meet at the DBIA office at 313 Water Street prior to noon.

“One of the great joys of this time of year is going store-to-store, outside in the snow, looking at holiday window displays,” says Terry Guiel, Executive Director of the Downtown Business Improvement Area.

In 2018, there were 17 businesses involved in the contest. This year, more than 40 businesses have signed up and are showing their holiday spirit. The online voting system has seen over 900 votes to date with just over a week left.

The public is encouraged to visit the downtown and witness all the holiday magic in each window and vote for their favourite window at Each entry gives voters the chance to be selected to win a $25 downtown dollar voucher to be used at any participating downtown business.

The DBIA will be awarding cash prizes of $1,000, $500, and $200 to the top three businesses with decorated windows.