Search for the Borough’s best Christmas window displays set to get underway

Search for the Borough’s best Christmas window displays set to get underway

Wed, November 01, 2023

The annual competition to find the businesses with the best dressed Christmas window displays in Causeway Coast and Glens is set to return.

Town centre businesses are being urged to get into the festive spirit early and showcase their visual merchandising and creative skills.

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council will launch the competition to find the best festive display on Thursday, 16 November. In a change from previous years, the winners from Ballycastle, Ballymoney, Coleraine and Limavady will be selected and will receive their award on the evening of the Christmas Light Switch On in their town.

  • Ballymoney – Thursday, 16 November
  • Limavady – Saturday, 18 November
  • Ballycastle – Thursday, 23 November
  • Coleraine – Friday, 24 November

Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Councillor Steven Callaghan, said: “Our annual Christmas window competition display is a great way for Council to promote some truly creative retailers across the Borough and a fantastic opportunity for businesses to celebrate the season and create an atmosphere of excitement and joy for shoppers and visitors alike.

“It is amazing to see so many of our local businesses going above and beyond each year, providing a wonderful shopping experience and encouraging people to ‘Shop Local’ this Christmas and support our business community.

“I am very much looking forward to seeing the creativity on display and I want to wish all our businesses the best of luck.”

There is no need to formally enter the competition. Anyone with a shop window, large or small, in any of the named towns and villages, can take part in the competition. All you need to do is have your window dressed in a festive theme by the dates outlined below.

Businesses in Ballymoney, Limavady, Ballycastle and Coleraine who would like to take part must have their windows completed by the Christmas light switch on dates in their respective towns.

The judging for the other towns and villages will take place from 27 November - 1 December, with winners being announced week commencing Monday, 4 December 2023.

Before dressing their windows, participating businesses are asked to consider the following judging criteria:

  • Originality / creativity
  • Visual impact
  • Festivity

One winner will be selected from the following towns: Ballycastle, Ballykelly, Ballymoney, Bushmills, Coleraine, Cushendall, Dungiven, Garvagh, Kilrea, Limavady, Portrush and Portstewart.

There will also be one winner selected from the artisan traders at the Causeway Speciality Market for the best dressed stall. The Causeway Speciality Market will be in Coleraine town centre on Saturday 9 and 16 December. The winner of the best dressed stall will be announced on 16 December.

In recognition of their creative efforts the winners will each receive a bespoke trophy, designed and produced by Artisan Glass NI.

Artisan Glass NI specialises in unique fused glass made by Denise Loughrey. Each piece is handmade by Denise at her workshop located in Portrush. The glass is hand cut and fired in a kiln. The uniqueness of the designs comes from the techniques used to create the pieces. The awards have been created using cut sheet glass, powdered glass layers and screen printing.

2022 Winners

Ballycastle - Emma Richmond Opticians

Ballykelly - Hunter’s Bakery

Ballymoney - McCurdy Hamilton Travel

Bushmills- Taylor Yates

Coleraine - CeCe’s Cakes & Bakes  

Cushendall - SVP – Vincents Shop

Dungiven - Groogans

Garvagh - Angles Hair Design

Kilrea - Pretty Petals

Limavady - Cloth & Clay

Portrush - Blue Moon Holistic Living

Portstewart - The Coffee Hut  

Causeway Speciality Market - Gold & Browne’s

For further information about taking part please contact the Town Management Team on 028 7034 7034 or email

Take a look at last year’s winners below for some inspiration:

Emma Richmond of Emma Richmond Opticians, with her trophy for best Ballycastle Christmas Window in 2022, showing that Santa shops local and looks cool in his sunglasses The judges awarded Taylor Yates best window for Bushmills in 2022 and were particularly impressed that their advent calendar offered shoppers something special every day during December. Pictured with the trophy are Ellen Yates and Aine Donnelly. Blandina O’Hara and Kathy Kinsella of The Coffee Hut Portstewart, really focussed on a festive and winning welcome for their customers in 2022. Claire Savage of Cloth and Clay accepted the winning trophy for Limavady in 2022, the judging panel liked how the traditional display used products and encouraged shoppers into the store. Tara Purcell, Tory Kennedy and Deborah Aiken of McCurdy Hamilton Travel in Ballymoney brought their winter wonderland to Ballymoney town centre and were delighted to win the Christmas Window competition for Ballymoney in 2022. Gemma Caldwell of CeCe’s Coleraine, really showcased her products in the winning colour co-ordinated window display in 2022. Pretty Petals, Kilrea won the 2022 Christmas Window competition, pictured is Tracy Dillon who was delighted that their very on-trend Christmas display was recognised by the judges. Karen Groogan of Groogans Dungiven really ensured customers were drawn in store with a very festive winning display that really caught the eye in 2022. This year's winners will each receive a bespoke trophy, designed and produced by Artisan Glass NI. Denise Loughrey of Artisan Glass NI, Geraldine Wills (left) and Catrina McNeill, Council’s Town and Village Management officers, launch this year’s Christmas window display competition.