Yuletide cheer on display

Out-of-town judges observe holiday window displays during the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Holiday Window Display Contest Friday evening. (Christy Perry for The Cullman Tribune)

CULLMAN, Ala. – Local business owners were busy Friday putting the finishing touches on their holiday decorating before Friday evening’s 2019 Holiday Window Display Contest, put on by the Cullman Area Chamber of Commerce. There were 28 entries in this year’s contest according to the Chamber’s Director of Business Development Brian Poole. 

Judges came from outside of Cullman, from Gardendale, Decatur and Athens, to score the displays. As they took a break at Karma’s Coffee House, they all expressed how impressed they were with Cullman. They were able to catch the lighting of the new Christmas pyramid at the Cullman County Museum in between stops.

One judge simply said, “Cullman is just beautiful.”

As Poole and the judges headed to Village Furniture and Carlton’s, he explained, “We have the locations broken down into four groups. We have retail. We have service, and that would be like florists and salons. We have home decor and then we have restaurant or food service. 

In the past, the contest didn’t have business types separated. Poole changed that to make the contest fair and more fun.

“Now,” he said, “we have the home decor guys like Southern Accents and Vintage West up against one another.” 

To add a bit of extra suspense, the results will not be announced for a couple of weeks. Poole expects to announce this year’s winners at the Christmas in Cullman Tree Lighting Nov. 22 at Depot Park. 

The businesses participating in this year’s contest are:

Retail– Doug Doggett Jewelers, Better Than Before, If the Shoe Fits, Platform, Book and Barrel, Monograms Plus, Urban Grace, Ashley Mercantile, Lavish Boutique, Jennifer’s Treasures, Bob Wallace Appliance and A Touch of German

Service– Youth Advocacy, Cullman Association of Realtors, Cullman Florist, Sips and Strokes, Pamela Jean Studio and J. Drake Salon

Home Decor– White Willow, Vintage West, Cullman Furniture Market, Southern Accents, Village Furniture and The Added Touch Too

Restaurant– Karma’s Coffee House, Kernel Kullman, Dreher’s and Carlton’s 

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Christy Perry