The Rotary Club of Harrogate working with Harrogate BID will be organising and judging the Christmas shop window competition for 2021.

No donation is required and those who are first to complete the fiorm will quality to compete. We can judge up to 50 windows in the time available.

The following criteria must apply:

  • Illumination: There is a historic link between the competition and the Christmas lights. How well is the window lit up?
  • Innovation: How new or different is the window display?
  • Spirit of Christmas: This is a ‘catch all’ category. How well does the display convey the ‘Spirit of Christmas’?

Categories will be divided into small, medium, and large displays. Definitions of these can be found in the downloadable rules on this page.

How to apply:

Simply fill in this application form.  As the number of entries is limited, these will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Deadline Dates

The windows of the shops taking part in the competition must be completed by 8am on Tuesday 30 November 2021. Shortlisting will take place on Wednesday 1 December 2021. The main judging will take place on the afternoon of Thursday 2 December 2021, starting at 3:30pm. We ask you to ensure that your window illumination is on for judging for the period up to 8pm



There will be a winning window and there may also be highly commended windows in each of the categories. These shops will each receive a framed certificate to display in their shop window.

These will be presented at the December Harrogate BID Club, a networking event to which representatives of the winners and Highly Commended shops are invited together with the Mayor, the judges and the press. This will be held Tuesday 7 December 5pm – 7:30pm at The Yorkshire Hotel, Rooftop Bar, drinks and nibbles provided.