Window Decorating Contest

The eighth annual Holiday Window Decorating Contest returns to display festive spirit all season long in Downtown Fort Wayne.


Downtown businesses and organizations will enter a submission for this year’s contest by no later than Friday, November 4, to compete in this free, community-centered event. This year’s theme is Elf on a Downtown Shelf.


Please vote once. Votes will be counted once from each device / email address.


November 23: Voting Begins

December 11: Voting ends

December 16: Winner announced


One vote per IP address.


Contestants are asked to creatively display their favorite Elf on a Downtown Shelf and will be judged in two categories: Most Thematic and Most Fort Wayne. Voting for the People’s Choice Award will kick off online beginning Wednesday, November 23, at the Night of Lights and will end on Sunday, December 11. Voters will automatically be entered to win a Downtown restaurant gift card of their choice. Winners will be announced on Friday, December 16.


The Holiday Window Decorating Contest winner will receive a congratulatory advertisement in The Journal Gazette, circulating throughout Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana. Photos of the winning window will be featured in all promotional materials for the 2023 Holiday Window Decorating Contest.


Experience the holidays all season long as the community comes together to brighten Downtown Fort Wayne for all to enjoy.