Winter Wonderland

For Downtown Merchants, Businesses, Property Owners & Non-profits

Congratulations to the 2009 Contest Winners

1st PlaceMack & MackRhyne’s Corner Cupboard (532 S. Elm)Alzheimer’s Asscociation
2nd PlaceLyndon Street ArtworksSalon BaileyJoseph’s House
3rd PlaceTable 16Rhyne’s Corner Cupboard (603 S. Elm)Bargain Box

Theme: Hometown Holidays
Decorate your window(s) or facade for the Holidays
and you may win one of the following prizes!
3 First Prizes: $1,000 advertising package courtesy of
News & Record — Signature Sponsor of Festival of Lights
Second & Third Prizes: TBA – including gift certificates to local restaurants and
tickets to local theatres and performing arts groups!

Adobe Acrobat FormatDownload a Window Decorating / Facade Contest Application


  1. Fill out and return the registration form below no later than Monday, November 23, 2009 to be considered for the competition.
  2. Lights must be included in the decoration of your windows and/or façade. Judging will be held on Tuesday, December 1 and Wednesday, December 2, 2009.
  3. The winners will be announced at the Festival of Lights Tree Lighting Ceremony in Center City Park, 7:00 PM on Friday, December 4, 2009.
  4. Winners will receive certificates for display.
  5. The News & Record will award three first prizes of new advertising valued at $1,000 each. First prize winners will be selected in the categories of Large Window, Small Window and Non-profit Window. The winners will be able to use this credit in 2010 to pay for an advertising campaign in first quarter at open or earned contract rates. Preprints and tailored inserts do not apply.


  • The displays will be judged based on the following four criteria:
  • Theme Relevance 25%
  • Originality/Creativity 25%
  • Display and placement of decorations 25%
  • Overall Presentation 25%