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Downtown Winter Window Decorating Contest

2019 Window decorating Poster

Light up the holidays downtown this season by participating in the Downtown Winter Window Decorating Contest. Let’s transform downtown into a winter wonderland filled with holiday cheer by decorating your business windows and storefronts. Enter the contest, win Downtown Dollars and amaze shoppers and visitors with your beautiful display! 

Contest Rules

The theme for this year’s contest is: Children's Literature. Engage the community with your favorite children's literature represented in your winter window display! Hint: the literature doesn't have to be holiday-related, but the display should still invoke holiday cheer.

Who Can Participate? All downtown Kalamazoo businesses are welcome to participate.

How to participate: It's easy, simply submit your application by November 4, 2019, commit to having your windows decorated during the voting period, and promote! Complete your application to participate here:https://forms.gle/Wy9ZEenBUpeR9gtX8

Decorating Deadline: Windows/storefronts must be completed by November 15, 2019 in time for the Kalamazoo Holiday Parade. We strongly recommend that your window be lit up in some form for the duration of the contest. With thousands of people walking Downtown, it’s the perfect opportunity to highlight your business.

Voting: New this year, a secret panel of judges made up of community members will choose the first, second and third best window displays. Additionally, there will be a People's Choice winner - the community will vote for their favorite display by scanning a QR code decal placed on your businesses storefront from November 16 - December 15, 2019.  Businesses are encouraged to promote the contest via their social media and communication channels, but posting the QR code (or an image of the decal) is not allowed. The winners will be announced December 16, 2018.

Prizes:  First Place will receive $300 in Downtown Dollars. Second Place will receive $200 in Downtown Dollars. Third place will receive $100 in Downtown Dollars. People's Choice will receive $300 in Downtown Dollars. In the event the People's Choice winner is one of the top 3 winners, the next applicable window display will be selected.