Downtown's Holiday Windows 2010

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Make a Scene Downtown, a part of the The Office of Special Events in the Mayor's Office has been in the process of reviving one of Downtown's most cherished memories: The Annual Window Displays during the Holidays. Anyone over the age of 40 remembers the elaborate window decorations and vignettes, when people came from all over the county to go window shopping after the stores had closed, and the holiday carols and parties. This year's project drew some great entries, and MetroJacksonville was invited to help judge. This is the kind of thing that Downtown could use a lot more of. Check out this years project and get into the holiday spirit.

The City of Jacksonville is proud to announce the following winners for the 2010 Holiday Window Display Project.  First place was awarded to Argie Mitra with her display entitled, “All Dressed Up…& Nowhere to Go!” depicting a scene of a girl preparing for a holiday soirée by making her own dress.

“All Dressed Up…& Nowhere to Go!”

Second place was awarded to Seacoast Christian Academy for their display entitled, “Christmas Blessings” expressing Seacoast Christian Academy’s hope for peace, love and joy during the holiday season and entire year.

“Christmas Blessings”

Third place was awarded to Bob Shivers for his display entitled, “Holiday Enchantment…his journey begins!” giving viewers a glimpse of Christmas Eve preparations at the North Pole.

“Holiday Enchantment…his journey begins!”

The window displays were judged based on creativity, originality and use of materials.  Judges for the 2010 Holiday Window Display Project were Ann Meyer, associate publisher/owner, TravelHost; Janice Lowe, general manager, The Jacksonville Landing; and Stephen Dare, from here at

The holiday windows are currently on display through Jan. 2, 2011. Thirteen displays are scattered throughout downtown to create a tour accessible by foot or vehicle. Each display creatively reflects an aspect of the holidays the designer chose to portray.  A map with each holiday window can be found at and is also included in the comprehensive guide titled; Celebrate the Holidays! Celebrate Downtown! published by the City of Jacksonville.  The guide highlights activities and events at various venues in the downtown area taking place and spans from mid-November to early January. Guides can be picked up at City Hall, downtown hotels and businesses, as well as area museums and libraries.

Here are some shots of the other windows included in the project:

And here was a special display set up by PRI at the City Hall, depicting Christmas through the decades.  This was an amazing set of windows, set in the same living room, ten years apart.  The PRI people thought of everything on these, and in the window graphic, outside the house you can see the cars changing with the decades as well.  Interior decor is period specific, and all the toys under the tree are period correct as well.  I loved all the toys from the 60s and 70s, personally.  Although there were a couple of mistakes in the toy choices (I won't tell you, you can find out yourself)  This was a display that you could spend hours in front of.

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