Downtown Holiday Windows Contest winners announced

The Asheville Downtown Association is excited to announce the winners of its 2012 Holiday Windows Contest, sponsored by Window World of Asheville.

Judge’s Favorite: Sensibilities Day Spa at 59 Haywood Street
Best Interpretation of Theme: Bloomin’ Art at 60 Haywood Street
Best Use of Merchandise: The Dog Door Behavior Center & Doghugger Outfitters at 51 Broadway Avenue
Honorable Mentions: Mobilia at 43 Haywood Street and Van Dyke Jewelry and Fine Craft at 29 Biltmore Avenue

Judges included: Eugene Simons and Thomas Veasey of Window World, Chris Bubenik of WCQS, Kat Bartlett of Biltmore Estate, Holly Jones (Buncombe County Commission) and her daughter, Gabriella, and Bruce Steele of the Asheville Citizen-Times.

The Grove Arcade is a great starting point for the Holiday Windows Walking Tour. The arcade is decorated in a Winter Wonderland theme, and beginning Tuesday, November 20, will feature selections from the Grove Park Inn’s National Gingerbread House Competition. Download a Google Map of the Holiday Windows Walking Tour here.

There’s more holiday fun this weekend as well. The 66th Annual Asheville Holiday Parade is Saturday beginning at 11am with Santa Claus, of course, as well as Grand Marshals, Olympic silver medalists Lauren Tamayo and Manteo Mitchell. Plus, marching bands, dance troupes, floats and more!

The parade is followed by JingleFest in Pack Square Park from 1-4pm. Featuring non-stop entertainment on the stage, inflatables, games and activities, JingleFest is sure to delight kids of all ages. Santa will pose for pictures with good little boys and girls, and the grand marshals will sign autographs for future Olympians.

For more information, click here, call (828) 251-9973 or contact Parade Director Sandie Rhodes at sandie@ashevilledowntown.org. Updates will also be available on the parade hotline at (828) 628-2403.


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