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Best Dressed Christmas Window Competition 2016

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We had a wonderful time hosting Canterbury’s second Christmas Window Competition, and the judges had so much fun soaking up the festive atmosphere. Judging took place on Saturday 3rd December with a panel of 5 judges. The windows were judged on three criteria: Festivity, Creativity/Originality and Merchandising; and each one was measured against a set standard and awarded Gold, Silver Gilt or Silver against that. See the results below!

Many thanks to our judges: Councillor Rosemary Doyle, Sheriff of Canterbury; Paula Gillespie, General Manager at The Marlowe Theatre; Beth Cuenco, Creative Director at Workers of Art/Wise Words Festival; Rachel Phipps, Writer/Blogger; and Bill Hutton, Creative Director, Hutton Design.


There was also a “People’s Choice” award via social media for small, independents. The first part of this ran from Saturday 3rd to Saturday 11th December. All small, independent businesses were offered a window poster inviting the public to vote by taking a photo of their window and posting it to Twitter, Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #CanterburyChristmas.

The second part of People’s Choice ran from 16-19 December. All the photos we have for windows from independent businesses are on a MyCanterbury Facebook Album. The general public were invited to like and share their favourite photo. Anyone who liked and/or shared was entered into a prize draw. The idea was to raise more awareness of Canterbury’s independents and encourage more customers to take a closer look.

The results


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Queen Bee Home Fenwick  Ortwin Thyssen  The Living Lounge
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Canterbury Pottery Toni & Guy  Angels Dumbrell’s Shop
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Marlowe’s Restaurant Cath Kidston  Luke Goldsmith
Sowley UK

Silver Gilt

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Chaucer Bookshop Steamer Trading  Espression Arts Café  Lakeland
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925 Silver Café St Pierre Crabtree & Evelyn  Lullah
cosmo-china-close-up fat-face-close-up  burgate-coffeehouse-christmas-star kitch
Cosmo China Fat Face Burgate Coffeehouse  Kitch
bishops-finger-wreaths teokath  tiny-tims-tearoom cathedralshop_left
The Bishop’s Finger Pub Teokath of London Tiny Tim’s Tearoom  Canterbury Cathedral Shop
the-pound  fitzgerald4 ob
The Pound Zink Studios Fitzgerald Jewellers  Oscar & Bentleys
awpearce biketart2  jack-wills-clothing-market-window the-three-tuns-pub-windows
Anthony W Pearce Jewellers Biketart Jack Wills  The Three Tuns Pub
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Hotel Chocolat Nasons The Falstaff  Refectory Kitchen
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Iconic tReds Holistic Health Clinic  Conquest House
The Running Outlet jigsaw Teatros_raphaelklatzko2016
The Running Outlet Jigsaw Frocks ‘N’ Stock  Teatros Bar
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Cotswold Outdoor Jessica Kennedy Vodafone  Dems Brasserie
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Justin Richardson
Designer Jeweller
Doo-Daas Hair Salon Age UK


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Hotter Shoes La Trappiste Café des Amis  Herringbone Kitchens
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Hardy’s Sweet Shop Lady Penelope’s Florist Level Up Games  Curtain Call

People’s Choice Awards

  1. Espression Arts Café
  2. Ortwin Thyssen Jewellery Maker
  3. Teokath of London
  4. The Bishop’s Finger Pub
  5. Burgate Coffeehouse

You can browse a selection of photos on our Flickr Album and read Rachel Phipp’s Blog here.

 The city looks amazing with all the festive lights and windows. Keep snapping and sharing! #CanterburyChristmas