Danbury downtown holiday decoration contest returns

November 18, 2017 GMT

DANBURY - The downtown business booster group CityCenter is running its holiday decoration contest for merchants, with a few changes from last year’s inaugural event.

Merchants and landlords are once again encouraged to decorate their doorways and display windows with festive designs that will be judged in mid-December by a three-member panel.

Four prizes will be awarded, including a $500 first prize and a $250 people’s choice prize.

Winners from last year’s decoration challenge may use the same design as last year, but to be eligible to win a prize, they must change their design, the rules state.

Decorations should be ready for viewing by Dec. 1 and should be visible from the sidewalk. Last year, at least one business in the running for a prize had decorations on the inside of the building and could not be considered, judges said.

Judging will be done on Dec. 13 by Mayor Mark Boughton, I95 Rock radio host Lou Milano, and Jacqueline Smith, the editorial page editor of The News-Times.

Registration is due by Nov. 24 at http://citycenterdanbury.com/2017-holiday-decorating-contest.

Last year’s winner was Danbury Hackerspace, with an inventive display of two snowpeople sledding down a hill of man-made snow.

Second-place went to Nico’s Pizza and Pasta on Main Street for a window display of Santa with one elf twirling pasta and another shaking cheese over meatballs.

Third place was a tie to Danbury Grassroots Academy, for a Christmas tree made of snowflakes, and to Tailoring and Alterations by Irene Rocha, for a light display with elegant lines.