Shops urged to dress up their windows

The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Martin Reilly pictured with the winners of the City Centre Initiative Christmas Window campaign. Included, from left, are Katrin Jones and Joanie McLaughlin, The Olive Tree, 3rd place, Claire McDaid, CCI, and Declan Hasson, Austins. DER0114SL400 Photo: Stephen Latimer
The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Martin Reilly pictured with the winners of the City Centre Initiative Christmas Window campaign. Included, from left, are Katrin Jones and Joanie McLaughlin, The Olive Tree, 3rd place, Claire McDaid, CCI, and Declan Hasson, Austins. DER0114SL400 Photo: Stephen Latimer

Derry’s City Centre Initiative is pleased to run the annual Christmas Window competition this festive season.

Following the lights switch on, with the Christmas festivities well underway and the city centre beautifully lit, shoppers will also notice how local retailers have made their shop windows extra special by adding festive lights and decorations in an effort to add some Christmas sparkle to their customers shopping experience.

Fergal Rafferty, Foyleside Manager, highlighted the importance of visual merchandising stating that: “Christmas window displays play a key role for the vast majority of retailers, large and small. 

“Each year the quality, the brightness and the attention given to detail keeps getting better and better.

“The shop window competition arranged by CCI gives the opportunity for the ‘unsung heroes’ of the retail industry i.e. the visual merchandisers to achieve some well earned recognition,” Mr Rafferty said.

Jim Roddy, City Centre Manager said: “Many City Centre businesses have made an extra effort in helping dress the city for Christmas – this competition recognises their contribution in making the City Centre festive and welcoming.”

ENTRY DETAILS

If you would like to enter the competition simply call the City Centre Initiative office on 71360169 and ask for Claire or email claire@cciderry.com

This year there will be a public vote element in this year’s awards this can be done via the City Centre Initiative Facebook page.

The closing date for entries is Friday, December 11th with judging taking place on Monday, December 14th.

Winners will be presented with their prizes on Friday, January 8th, 2016.

The Christmas Window Display competition will add to the festive atmosphere flooding the city from today onwards.

As Black Friday hits the shops this weekend will also see the three day Sound of Light festival bringing the City Walls to life with magic and movement.

Accompanying this will be a three day mini Christmas Market - making sure to offer visitors to the city the very best festive shopping experienced possible.