City Centre Initiative are delighted to introduce the annual Christmas Window Competition 2017.

With businesses throughout the City Centre developing their Christmas campaigns in the coming weeks we would like to encourage them to get involved this year.

During the festive season shoppers notice how local retailers have made their shop windows extra special by adding festive lights and decorations to add some Christmas sparkle to their customer shopping experience.

The competition continues to grow from strength to strength and this year we are looking forward to more fantastic festive illuminations and displays. There are three categories this year, firstly for Local Businesses, secondly for National/Multi-National Businesses and thirdly for the Evening Time Economy Businesses with prizes including a weekend break in Dublin sponsored by Maldron Hotels, Shopping Vouchers sponsored by Foyleside Shopping Centre and Dinner for Two at Thompson’s Restaurant courtesy of the four star City Hotel.

Fergal Rafferty, Foyleside Manager highlighted the importance of visual merchandising stating that: “Christmas window displays play a key role for the vast majority of retailers, large and small. Each year the quality, the brightness and the attention given to detail keeps getting better and better. The shop window competition arranged by CCI gives the opportunity for the "unsung heroes" of the retail industry i.e. the visual merchandisers to achieve some well-earned recognition."

Jim Roddy MBE, City Centre Manager said: “Many City Centre businesses always make an extra effort in helping dress the city for Christmas – this competition recognizes their contribution and hard work to make the City Centre festive and welcoming. We are hoping for bumper crowds this year and we want the city to be looking at its festive best.”

Closing date for entries is Thursday 23rd November 2017, with judging taking place on Thursday 30th November. Winners will be presented with their prizes on Monday 4th December by the mayor of Derry City & Straba​ne District Council in the Guildhall.

If you would like to enter the competition or would like further information simply call the City Centre Initiative office on 028 (71) 360169 or email [email protected]

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