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2017 Downtown Committee Holiday Program

Window Wonderland Contest:
Downtown Storefronts and Offices Encouraged to Create Winter Window Displays

Holidays Downtown

Downtown Syracuse is our community's center for holiday tradition. As the holiday season approaches, we know that nothing compares with the atmosphere of bustling city sidewalks, lighted decorations on buildings and streets, and gorgeous window displays to bring the magic of the season to life. Last year, 21 storefronts dressed their windows in winter's best and participate in the Window Wonderland Contest, made possible through grant funding provided by the Central New York Community Foundation.  This year, we hope to have even more businesses get involved. For more information, please click here. If you'd like to participate, please send Heather Schroeder, the Downtown Committee's Economic Development Program Manager a note by clicking here.

Voting: The community will be encouraged to vote for their favorite window display. Voting starts on Friday, November 24 and continues through New Year's Day.


As the holiday season gets closer, check back here for a walking tour map for you to help you find your favorite display (it will be similar to the one pictured below).

  • The display with the most votes earns a grand prize of $500. Second prize will be awarded with $250, while third place will fetch $100.
  • The Downtown Committee will announce the winning designs during the first week in January. 
  • A decal in a storefront window signifies their participation. 

Window Wonderland Walking Tour

#WhereIsDash: Dash, Our Downtown Elf Returns to Downtown Syracuse for the Holiday Season
Watch for his debut Friday, November 24! 

Are you friends with the Downtown Committee on Facebook, following us on Twitter, and liking our Instagram photos? If you are, you can follow the adventures of Dash, our Downtown Committee Star Elf as he makes his way around Downtown Syracuse, exploring Downtown's great retail shops, restaurants, fitness facilities, museums and much more! Dash's journey begins Friday, November 24 and continues through Christmas Eve, Sunday, December 24.

Dash will be in a new location every day! If you think recognize the place where he is, email your guess(es) to mail@downtownsyracuse.com by 11:59 pm each day. All correct answers will be entered into a weekly drawing to win a free gift certificate ($50 value!) to a Downtown business. One winner will be selected at random every week. Remember, the more times you guess a correct location, the more times you will be entered into the week's drawing. We will recap Dash's adventures each week in our Holiday Newsletter (please click here to see a sample).

Elf collage