Downtown Holiday Window Decorating: The Downtown Improvement District is excited to announce the return of the Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest! This is a great opportunity for any Downtown business, organization, restaurant, etc. to join in the holiday cheer by decorating their window. Since its inception in 2015, the annual contest has enjoyed great success as businesses join together to brighten the holidays for our shared community.

Participation in the contest is completely free and this year’s theme is Walking in a Window Wonderland. Decorators must simply have their windows complete by Wednesday, November 22nd—Night of Lights. When thousands of people flock to Downtown to see Santa and His Reindeer and the other lighting displays lit up for the season, they will be able to walk from one festive window to another adding to their holiday experience.

New This Year: We are pleased to announce that this year there will be 4 competitive categories that window decorating participants can vie for. Voting for the classic People’s Choice Award will be online starting on the Night of Lights and end Monday, December 11th. Voters will automatically be entered to win a Downtown restaurant gift card of their choice. The 3 new categories: Most Thematic, Best at Night and Most Fort Wayne will be juried by a committee of non-participants.

The winning windows will be announced December 15th with the winners receiving: A picture of their window featured in a congratulatory ad in the Journal Gazette following the contest, as well as being part of the featured promotion for the contest next year! Interested applicants should see the attached application and decorating tips. Those who can decorate but have no window space or who have window space but cannot decorate will be matched up so that everyone can participate.

View the Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Map: Map 1, Map 2, Map 3

Tweet or Instagram using #HolidayFestFW. Online photos can be viewed on our Facebook page.


VOTING HAS ENDED. Results will be posted soon! 12/12/17