Window Wonderland Contest Underway Downtown

Adorn Decor and Company, 111 N. Central St., Knoxville, December 2015

Adorn Decor and Company, 111 N. Central St., Knoxville, December 2015

According to the City of Knoxville’s website the annual window decoration event is underway and will run from November 27 – December 17. Called “Window Wonderland,” businesses were encouraged to decorate their window – or windows – in a friendly contest to see who did the best job. A map of participants indicates that twenty-six (one has two locations) answered the call, ranging from the Knoxville Chocolate Factory on the World’s Fair Park to Blue Slip Winery north of the Old City.

American Apartment Management, 708 S. Gay St., Knoxville, December 201

American Apartment Management, 708 S. Gay St., Knoxville, December 201

Boyd's Jig and Reel, 101 S. Central St., Knoxville, December 2015

Boyd’s Jig and Reel, 101 S. Central St., Knoxville, December 2015

Coldstream Market, 34 Market Square, Knoxville, December 2015

Coldstream Market, 34 Market Square, Knoxville, December 2015

I tried to photograph them all at night in order to get the full effect of the lighted display.  Some weren’t lighted and in some cases I couldn’t spot a window that was clearly decorated beyond a string of lights or a bit of tinsel. Interestingly, a number of businesses – TVA Credit Union comes to mind – have excellent displays but chose not to participate. Some of the businesses may have a display that is only visible in daytime and for those, I’m sorry, but I shot at night.

Coldstream Market, 521 Union Ave., Knoxville, December 2015

Coldstream Market, 521 Union Ave., Knoxville, December 2015

Crown and Goose, 123 S. Central St, Knoxville, December 2015

Crown and Goose, 123 S. Central St, Knoxville, December 2015

Earth to Old City, 22 Market Square, Knoxville, December 2015

Earth to Old City, 22 Market Square, Knoxville, December 2015

I don’t have a lot to say about these, though I think some of them are very nice. Some of the businesses have smaller windows and some have numerous large windows while one decorated an entire lobby. It makes them a bit hard to compare fairly. I’d encourage you not to vote based on anyone’s photos, mine included, but rather to walk around downtown and see them yourself.

Flower Pot, 700 S. Gay St., Knoxville, December 2015

Flower Pot, 700 S. Gay St., Knoxville, December 2015

Keep Knoxville Beautiful, 105 W. Jackson (2nd Story), Knoxville, December 2015

Keep Knoxville Beautiful, 105 W. Jackson (2nd Story), Knoxville, December 2015

Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, 17 Market Square, Knoxville, December 2015

Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, 17 Market Square, Knoxville, December 2015

After doing that, I would encourage you to vote, but there’s where it gets a bit tricky. The directions (which you’ll find at the bottom of the map) indicate you may do so on the City of Knoxville Special Events Facebook Page, but there is nothing on the page allowing voting or even mentioning the contest as far as I can see. When I contacted the city I was told it will be on there soon.

Knoxville Chocolate Factory, 1060 World's Fair Park Dr., Knoxville, December 2015

Knoxville Chocolate Factory, 1060 World’s Fair Park Dr., Knoxville, December 2015

Knoxville Chocolate Factory, 1060 World's Fair Park Dr., Knoxville, December 2015

Knoxville Chocolate Factory, 1060 World’s Fair Park Dr., Knoxville, December 2015

Knoxville Chocolate Factory, 1060 World's Fair Park Dr., Knoxville, December 2015

Knoxville Chocolate Factory, 1060 World’s Fair Park Dr., Knoxville, December 2015

Knoxville Chocolate Factory, 1060 World's Fair Park Dr., Knoxville, December 2015

Knoxville Chocolate Factory, 1060 World’s Fair Park Dr., Knoxville, December 2015

The other option is to download the Knoxville Events App and vote there. This is what I did. It downloaded properly on my second attempt making me, according to the Play Store, the 51st person to download the Android app. That’s not a very big pool for a contest. I found the link at the bottom of the list of options on the app and cast my vote which led to a message from the app that someone would respond to me. I’m not sure what we’ll talk about, but that will be fine.

Lox Salon, 103 W. Jackson Ave., Knoxville, December 2015

Lox Salon, 103 W. Jackson Ave., Knoxville, December 2015

Mast General Store, 402 S. Gay St., Knoxville, December 2015

Mast General Store, 402 S. Gay St., Knoxville, December 2015

Mast General Store, 402 S. Gay St., Knoxville, December 2015

Mast General Store, 402 S. Gay St., Knoxville, December 2015

Mast General Store, 402 S. Gay St., Knoxville, December 2015

Mast General Store, 402 S. Gay St., Knoxville, December 2015

I will say that the app has a good map of downtown and it has the events pulled from the city’s events calendar and that’s kind of nice to have on my phone. You might consider getting the app if you haven’t  – and I’m pretty sure most of you haven’t. Enjoy the photographs, get out and take that walk and then vote some way or another. I’ll stop at that and let you look at the photographs.

Nothing Too Fancy,  435 Union Ave., Knoxville, December 2015

Nothing Too Fancy, 435 Union Ave., Knoxville, December 2015

Rick Terry Jewelry Design, 618 S. Gay St., Knoxville, December 2015

Rick Terry Jewelry Design, 618 S. Gay St., Knoxville, December 2015

Robin Easter Design, 132 W. Jackson Ave., Knoxville, December 2015

Robin Easter Design, 132 W. Jackson Ave., Knoxville, December 2015

The Basement Community Art Studio, 105 W. Jackson, Knoxville, December 2015

The Basement Community Art Studio, 105 W. Jackson, Knoxville, December 2015

Urban Bar, 109 N. Central St., Knoxville, December 2015

Urban Bar, 109 N. Central St., Knoxville, December 2015

Urban Bar, 109 N. Central St., Knoxville, December 2015

Urban Bar, 109 N. Central St., Knoxville, December 2015

YMCA, 605 Clinch Ave., Knoxville, December 2015

YMCA, 605 Clinch Ave., Knoxville, December 2015

Comments

  1. Larry Lewis says

    “I’m not sure what we’ll talk about….” I’m still chuckling over that line. And, that “doggie in the window” at Robin Easter Design has won me over. Marvelous photos, KUG.

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