Twelve Windows of Christmas

Get ready to unwrap the magic of the festive season!

City Centre Initiative (CCI) is inviting local businesses to take part in their annual Christmas Window Competition, which celebrates the festive spirit and showcases the creativity and diversity of the city centre.

The competition is open to city-centre local, national, multi-national, and evening-time economy businesses. The general public will vote for the top twelve shortlisted entries from Monday 4th December 2023.

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Patricia Logue, pledged her support for the competition in the run-up to Christmas to help create a real buzz and pride in the city. She said: “For nearly 20 years, this competition has been hugely successful in encouraging our retailers to showcase their goods imaginatively and creatively, and works towards enhancing the overall Christmas shopping experience for locals and visitors to our city.”

Lorraine Allen, CCI Project Manager, launches the Twelve Windows of Christmas Competition with sponsors Maldron Hotel, City Hotel and Foyleside.

CCI’s Chief Executive, Jim Roddy, said: “We are delighted to launch the Christmas Window Competition for 2023. It is a great opportunity for our local businesses to showcase their talent and creativity, and to attract more customers and visitors to the city centre during the festive season. We hope this year’s competition will inspire amazing displays that will brighten our streets and celebrate our community spirit. There are also some fabulous prizes for the winners, generously sponsored by the City Hotel, Maldron Hotel and Foyleside.

“What we now want city centre businesses to do is contact us by Wednesday 29th November to tell us that they are planning a Christmas window display. To enter your business or make a nomination, fill out the entry form below, email our Project Manager, Lorraine Allen, at, or contact us by Messenger on the City Centre Initiative Facebook page.

We will complete the shortlisting process on Monday 4th December with the ‘Twelve Windows of Christmas’ presented for public voting at 5pm on the same day. Votes will be open for one week, closing on Monday 11th December at 5pm – votes can be placed via a poll on our Facebook page, by telephone, post or email. Winners will then be announced on Tuesday 12th December and we will have a prize giving at the Guildhall with the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District on Thursday 14th December.”

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To enter or nominate, please fill out the short form below: