How to Enter

It is easy to participate in the 7th Annual Holiday Storefront Decorating Contest. There is no cost, just give us your information so you are on the list to stop by and judge. You don’t need to have your theme decided, but if you know what it will be that is helpful for us!

Please include the following information in your email:

  • Name of Business
  • Decorated Storefront Address
  • Contact Person email and phone #

How it Works

Dust off your supplies and get ready! Decorations need to be installed and ready for viewing the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, December 1st at 4:00 pm, and should remain on display through at least December 25th. Businesses can partner with each other, or an artist or charity, but must clearly state that on the application.

On Tuesday evening December 1st our secret panel of judges will be making the rounds and selecting the winners for the Best Holiday Window Decoration. So be sure your windows are bright, well illuminated and festive during that time.

We will announce the winners of the Window Decorating Contest on Thursday, December 3rd on this web page, on Facebook and Instagram and we will continue to promote participating businesses through December 25.


Plaques will be awarded in the following categories:

  1. Best Overall Display (best designed and executed theme)
  2. Most Whimsical Display (colorful, detailed and most eye catching)
  3. Best Light Display (the display that really shines)
  4. Most Appalachian Christmas Display (the display that depicts our Appalachian heritage)
  5. Most Authentic Blue Ridge Christmas Display (the display that most shows our Blue Ridge)


Judging & Awards Judging criteria: All entries will be judged on the following:

  • Overall Creativity (50%)
  • Arrangement of lights or placement of decorations (10%)
  • Adherence to theme (15%)
  • Overall presentation and “wow-factor” (25%)