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Downtown Decorating Contest

Downtown Decorating Contest

Downtown is decking the halls this December! Local businesses will hit the lights for the second annual Downtown Decorating Contest from Friday, December 6 to Tuesday, December 31.

Update: The winner has been announced! Over 20 businesses participated, and 1,800 ballots were cast, and in the end it was Dawn's Victory Sports Cafe that took home the trophy! Watch the video on Facebook or YouTube, and hear about Dawn's plans for future holiday decorations. 

One local business with the most festive exterior display will take home a special trophy and neighborhood-wide bragging rights this holiday season, and YOU get to pick the winner!

Participating businesses:

  • Albany Coliseum (153 S. Pearl Street)
  • Bombshell Hair & Beauty Studio (488 Broadway)
  • Catholic Charities Waldorf Residence (29 Maiden Lane)
  • Dawn’s Victory Sports Café (10 Sheridan Ave)
  • Downtown Studio Fit (61 N. Pearl Street, Steuben Walk #4)
  • The Enchanted Florist of Albany (54 Columbia Street)
  • The Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott (74 State Street)
  • The Fifth Tier Baking Studio (54 Columbia Street)
  • The First Church in Albany (110 N. Pearl Street)
  • Fort Orange General Store (412 Broadway)
  • Irish American Heritage Museum (370 Broadway)
  • Jack’s Oyster House (42 State Street)
  • Loch & Quay (414 Broadway)
  • Mugshots Café (54 James Street)
  • The Olde English Pub & Pantry (683 Broadway)
  • Palace Theatre Box Office (19 Clinton Avenue)
  • Parish Public House (388 Broadway)
  • Pearl Street Pub (59-61 N. Pearl Street)
  • Precision Fitness (374 Broadway)
  • Times Union Center (51 S. Pearl Street)
  • Truman Jewelers (71 N. Pearl Street)
  • Vintage Treasures by Deborah (153 S. Pearl Street)

Click here for an interactive map of all participating locations.

Pick up a ballot at any participating location and vote for your favorite holiday display at the following locations:

  • Fort Orange Holiday Market (488 Broadway): Fridays, December 6 and 13 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Saturdays, December 7 and 14 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Downtown Albany BID office (21 Lodge Street): Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Albany City Hall (24 Eagle Street): Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Discover Albany Visitors Center (25 Quackenbush Square): Monday - Friday, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM; Sunday 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Take a photo of your completed ballot and email it to (we will respond to your email to confirm we have received your ballot)

... or cast your vote on the Downtown Albany BID's Facebook page by viewing the Downtown Decorating Contest photo album and "liking" your favorite display!

Paper ballots will count as the equivalent of 10 online votes, and all voters who submit a paper ballot will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to the Downtown business of their choice.

IMPORTANT: Votes must be submitted by noon on December 31, 2019, to be eligible.