Canterbury Bid

Christmas Window Competition 2019

People walking and chatting in Canterbury high street at night

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 29th November.

How to enter

  • Decide which category best describes your business (Small Independent or Medium-Large / Chain)
  • Take 3 photos of your finished window display
  • Optional: write a shot description of your window – perhaps there is a back story or particular inspiration you want the judges to know about?
  • Enter your photos, text and details into the short form at the bottom of this page by Friday 29 November


  • Small Independents Awards: Judges’ Favourite  I  Gold  I  Silver Gilt  I  Silver
  • Medium – Large / Chain Awards: Judges’ Favourite  I  Gold  I  Silver Gilt  I  Silver


  • All entries will feature on the MyCanterbury Facebook and Instagram pages and results will also be posted on the BID website and eNews.
  • All award-winning windows will receive a certificate.
  • The winners of the ‘Judges’ Favourite’ category will receive a visit from the Lord Mayor on 7 December,  a bottle of fizz and a free MyCanterbury dedicated eNewsletter.

How will be windows be judged?

Each window entry will be judged on their Festivity, Creativity and Merchandising through a points system.

The week of the 2 December the window judges will allocate points to all entries using the images and descriptions they have received. The Judges will mark each window against a set standard of criteria and award Gold, Silver Gilt, Silver.

Between 3-5pm on Saturday 7 December, the top 20 windows will be visited by the judging panel including Canterbury’s Lord Mayor. The Judges will select their favourite window (one small, one large) and both will receive a visit from the mayor with a bottle of fizz (a great photo opportunity)!


  • Friday 29 November – Deadline for entries
  • Wk 2 December – Judging of entries
  • 3-5pm, Saturday 7 December (Small Business Saturday) – Judging panel (including Lord Mayor) to visit top 20 windows and choose the ‘Judges Choice’ windows (one small, one large)
  • Monday 9 December – Results announced via email and certificates distributed

How to Enter

Please complete the below form prior to Friday 29 November:

    Your Name (required)

    Business Name (required)

    Business Postcode (required - include space between sections)

    Your Email (required)

    Category you wish to enter (required)

    Attach up to 3 photos (max 1mb per photo)

    Description of your Window Design (optional)

    If you have any issues uploading your entry, simply email the above details directly to us:

    Read the blog post of 2019 window judge Rachel Phipps here.