Published on

1 December 2023

Voting opens for the best dressed Christmas windows

Choose your favourite festive window displays in Twyford, Wokingham and Woodley

A child leaning against and looking at a Christmas shop window

Residents in Wokingham Borough are encouraged to vote for their favourite Christmas windows in Twyford village centre, and Wokingham and Woodley town centres to show their support for local businesses.

Online public voting for Wokingham Borough Council’s first ‘Best Dressed Christmas Window’ competition is now open. Residents can visit the council’s Engage website to vote for their favourite window displays. Awards will go to the businesses with the most votes in each area.

Voting will close on 11 December at 5pm, and the results will be announced on Friday 15 December. 

A total of 37 businesses, ranging from a variety of retail shops, pubs to estate agents, have entered the competition to showcase their talents and spread festive joy. A complete list of participants and photos of their glittering window displays are available on the Engage website.

Support your local businesses

Cllr David Cornish, executive member for business and economic development said: “We are delighted to see so many businesses taking part, and want to thank them for bringing sparkling, magical cheer to village and town centres at this wonderful time of year.

“We understand the pressures our local businesses are facing due to the rising cost of living and the national increase in online shopping. We are therefore publicising all entries on our platform, hoping to inspire more people to get out to visit our village and town centres, and shop local.

“One of the best ways to support your local businesses is to explore these fantastic Christmas windows in person, before deciding the ones you like most. For those who don’t drive or prefer not to drive, why not take advantage of our free Saturday bus travel, which is available for all to enjoy in the run up to Christmas.”

Local buses operated by Reading Buses and Thames Valley Buses are now free to take within the borough until Saturday 23 December. For details on routes and timetables, visit the websites of the two bus companies.

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