Four Belfast city centre businesses have won awards for pulling out all the stops to ensure their stores look festive for Christmas.
Belfast City Centre Management (BCCM) crowned the winners as part of its annual festive window competition.
The competition was created 15 years ago but did not run last year due to the pandemic.
This December, however, it has made a welcome return and BCCM, a not-for-profit company, has revealed that Nobletts, Søstrene Grene, Rusty Saddle and Mystiques Enchantments are the worthy winners of this year’s event.
Lord Mayor of Belfast City Council, Councillor Kate Nicholl, said: “This is a lovely way to light up the city and spread a little bit of festive cheer among shoppers and visitors in the run-up to Christmas.
"Everyone loves the magic of fairy tales, which is a theme of our ‘Once Upon a Time’ festive programme this year, so I’m excited to see the window displays come to life”.
Geraldine Duggan, city centre manager at BCCM, explained: “It has been great to be able to bring back the annual window display competition this year, at a time when our retail and hospitality business community needs it most.
“It’s a jovial competition that has helped enliven the streets of the city and it has given much-needed custom a boost as well as lifting the spirits of staff who are working long hours over the festive season.
“We want to congratulate and thank this year’s winners for the effort they put into lighting up the streets of our city. They have injected magic onto the streets and made a Christmas trip to the city a much brighter one.”
This year’s winners spanned four categories: retail (independent), retail (multiple), hospitality and a ‘wild card’ category that went to Mystiques Enchantments and was based on the theme, ‘Once Upon a Time’.
Winners received a bottle of champagne and chocolates, as well as a certificate. The winning window displays can be viewed on BCCM’s website.