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Best Dressed Christmas Window Competition 2018

Once again, Canterbury Connected Business Improvement District is hosting Canterbury’s best dressed Christmas window competition on Saturday 1st December.

During the busy Christmas period, there is nothing more important than a beautifully decorated Christmas shop window to attract customers through the door, increase footfall and encourage spend. If you’re planning a Christmas window display, let us know. Simply fill in the short form below by Friday 23rd November so we can make sure the judges see your window.

How to enter

Decide which category best describes your business and enter your details into the short form at the bottom of this page by Friday 23 November.

Small Independents Awards:
Judges’ Favourite
Silver Gilt
People’s Choice

Medium – Large / Chain Awards:
Judges’ Favourite
Silver Gilt

The Judging

Make sure your window is ready for judging by Saturday 1st December. Five judges will be touring the windows between 3-5pm, and will be judging windows for their Festivity, Creativity and Merchandising.

The Judges will mark each window against a set standard of criteria and award Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver or Merit against that. Everyone can get a Gold if their window meets the standard, however, there will only be one ‘Judges’ Favourite’ in each of the business size categories.

People’s Choice Award

This award is for those that enter into the Small Independent Shops category. It will be run via social media between Saturday 1st and Sunday 9th December. To enter, take one photo of your shop window and post it on your social media platforms (Facebook / Twitter / Instagram) including #MyCanterburyChristmas and #ChristmasWindowCompetition within the post. Then encourage as many people to like your image as possible. The winner will be decided by counting how many likes your Christmas window photo has received.


Certificates will be delivered to all businesses that are awarded Gold, Silver, Silver Gilt and Merit.

The two ‘Judges’ Favourites’ and the ‘People’s Choice’ winner will also receive a bottle of fizz and a free dedicated eShot via MyCanterbury.


  • Saturday 1 December – Judging between 3-5pm / Launch of People’s Choice Award
  • Sunday 9 December – People’s Choice Award closes
  • Monday 10 December – Results announced via email and certificates distributed
To enter the 2018 competition, simply fill in this short form:

Your Name (required)

Business Name (required)

Business Postcode (required)

Your Email (required)

Category you wish to enter (required)

Photos from previous years can be found on our Flickr Album and you can read Judge Rachel Phipp’s 2017 Blog here#MyCanterburyChristmas