Winter Lights Window Contest!


Decorate your downtown window this winter! Downtown business owners are invited to participate in the 3rd annual Winter Lights Holiday Decorating Contest, part of a continuing tradition in downtown Aurora. Decorate your business and take advantage of the increased foot traffic this community event will bring to downtown by extending your hours until 9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21.

A traveling trophy will be awarded for the best decorated business. In addition, the winner will receive coverage in a press release, on Facebook and on the City of Aurora’s website, as well as drawing people to your business to see your window. To be eligible for the contest, an application MUST be returned by Nov. 14. Window decorations MUST be up by Nov. 17. Judging will take place the week of Nov. 17 with the winner to be announced at the Holiday Tree Lighting and Winter Lights event on Friday, Nov. 21 from 5 to 9 p.m.

For an application, please visit the Special Events office at 5 E. Downer Pl. in downtown Aurora. Applications can then be returned or emailed to Gina Moga at by November 14.

Winter Lights is a free, family-friendly event featuring art, music, lights, and holiday cheer on Downer Place in downtown Aurora.

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*Learn how to design a winning window on Nov. 4 at Waubonsee Community College in downtown Aurora. On Tuesday, Nov. 4, design consultant Fernando Castrejon is offering a free, 90-minute seminar for downtown Aurora businesses interested in reinventing their window displays in time for Winter Lights. Registered businesses will receive a free window decorating starter kit. A morning and afternoon seminar will take place. Click HERE to register for the morning session. Click HERE to register for the afternoon session.*