With the Christmas season on its way, we’re getting into the spirit of things, but we need your help.

We’re calling on anyone in Derby* with a window (shops, restaurants, market stalls, offices, libraries, supermarkets and anyone we’ve accidentally missed out, you’re all welcome!), to take part in our Christmas shop window competition, Window Wonderland.

Dig out your bright lights and baubles, your snow and sparkles, and your tinsel and trees, because we want you to be as festive and creative as possible, and decorate your window in one of this year’s categories: Christmas Past, Christmas Present or Christmas Future.

Cash prizes, trophies, and Christmas spirit are guaranteed! The closing date is Friday 9th November. Judging will take place the following week, and winners will be contacted directly. Presentation and announcements will happen on Saturday 17th November at our Christmas Lights Switch-On!

This year, Rigby & Co. have generously sponsored our prizes.

Judging will be assessed by four categories: quality, diversity, innovation and overall impact.

Aside from fitting into the Past / Present / Future theme, you are free to be as fancy as you like – the sky’s  North Pole’s the limit!

Follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way:

1. Decide on your category

2. Download and fill in your application form – our Christmas elves can also deliver paper copies to stores soon, so let us know if you would like one by emailing us, or tweeting us @DerbyCC

You’ll need to tell us your business name and address, contact name and email or number, and your chosen category: Past / Present / Future

  1. Email us your form, or drop it into the Christmas post-box in the Sales and Information Centre

4. When you have entered, you will be given a window sticker to display in your shop window, so everyone knows that you are helping to illuminate Derby. You can collect these from the Sales and Information Centre

5. Complete your shop window display by Friday 9th November

6. Watch as Derby’s Christmas spirit sky-rockets, all thanks to you

We’d love you to share your entries with us, so make sure you tag us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and use the hashtag #WindowWonderland

* To be eligible for the competition, windows should be within the boundary of Stafford Street, Ford Street, St Alkmund’s Way, Traffic Street, Bradshaw Way, Lara Croft Way and Mercian Way (map below).

Councillor Mick Barker, Cabinet Member for Governance and Licensing said:

“I hope that as many businesses as possible get involved in this – Derby has always had such a brilliant community spirit, and that’s never more evident than at Christmas.

“Not only are entrants in with the chance of winning cash prizes (that could pay for your Christmas night out!), they will also make shoppers feel welcome and festive.”

Russell Rigby, of Rigby & Co said:

“Rigby & Co are delighted to be supporting this year’s Window Wonderland competition. There are some brilliant retail businesses across the city centre and within the Cathedral Quarter and St Peter’s Quarter BID areas and we can’t wait to see the results of their creativity.

“We really hope this initiative will help drive more footfall and interest in these locations and help to showcase the retail scene in Derby city centre.

“The more colour and vibrancy that this competition can create, the better the experience in the run-up to Christmas for retailers and all the Christmas shoppers that descend on the city centre!”

The competition is supported by Derby’s Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter Business Improvement Districts (BIDs).  Cathedral Quarter BID chair Martin Langsdale and St Peters Quarter BID chair Helen Wathall said:

“A key objective of both BIDs is to support businesses to grow and thrive. The Christmas period is vitally important to a wide range of businesses across all sectors, all of whom will be keen to provide a fantastic festive welcome for their customers and clients. We are therefore delighted to be working with Derby City Council to support this competition and we are confident that businesses across the Cathedral Quarter and St Peters Quarter BID areas will embrace this opportunity.”

Window Wonderland map
Window Wonderland map