2017 Christmas Window Competition

Published: 23 November 2017

2017 Christmas Window Competition

The Town Council invites all Loughton’s businesses to decorate their shop windows in a Christmas themed design for automatic entry to this special Christmas competition.
The more festively dressed windows created, the more enchanting the atmosphere! This will help tempt more residents to shop locally over the Christmas shopping period.

There are three different entry classes: local/independents, multiple/chain stores and charity shops. Each group winner will have the opportunity to nominate a charity to receive a £100 donation from Loughton Town Council, and will be awarded an engraved cup to keep for eleven months along with a framed certificate.

Runners-up and highly-commended entries in each class will be awarded a laminated certificate.

Christmas-themed window displays will be judged on a range of criteria, including:

Ø Overall impression/visual impact

Ø Creativity/ideas

Ø Artistic merit

Ø Inventive use of materials

Ø Effort

Window decorations must be completed for when the judging commences on 1 December.
The judges this year are the town mayor, Cllr Philip Abraham, accompanied by Cllrs Tessa Cochrane and Judy Jennings. The judging will be completed no later than 7 December. (Full details of competition rules follow below.)

For information the winners last year and their nominated charities that received a £100 donation from the Town Council were:


Shop / Business

Nominated Charity


Bababoom, 255 High Road, IG10 1AD

Ollie Anstey (as part of) Gt Ormond St Hospital Children’s Charity

Multiple/Chain Store

Mezesphere Restaurant, 112-120 High Road IG10 4HJ



St Clare Hospice Debden

72 The Broadway IG10 3SY

St Clare Hospice

For more information contact:

Enid Walsh or Debra Paris

Loughton Town Council

Tel. no. 020 8508 4200 | www.loughton-tc.gov.uk

2017 Competition Rules

1 Eligibility

All shops and businesses within the Town Council’s boundaries are eligible and will be automatically entered in the competition.

2 Classes of entry

Entrants will be split into three classes:

1. Local/independent businesses

2. Multiples/chain stores (three or more branches)

3. Charity

3 Judging

Judging will be carried out by a panel consisting of the Town Mayor and two other councillors nominated each year by the Environment & Heritage Committee. All dressed windows must be in place for 1 December 2017. Judging will follow this and be completed by 7 December 2017. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

4 Theme

Entrants may base the window display on any Christmas theme.

5 Judging Criteria

The window displays will be judged on a range of criteria, including

· Overall impression/visual impact

· Creativity/ideas

· Artistic merit

· Inventive use of materials

· Effort

Window displays relying primarily on considerable expenditure to achieve their impact will not be favoured in the judging.

There is no maximum or minimum size for the display.

6 Prizes

The first prize-winner in each class will receive an engraved cup to retain for eleven months (to be awarded again the following year) and a certificate to keep; also a donation of £100 will be made to the charity of their choice. Certificates will also be awarded to the runner-up and highly commended entrants in each category. When no award is made in a category, the Town Council reserves the right to re-distribute the award on the judges’ decision to one or more categories and/or entrants.

Loughton Town Council, Loughton Library & Town Hall, Traps Hill, Loughton IG10 1HD

020 8508 4200 | www.loughton-tc.gov.uk