Art School of Peterborough wins downtown holiday window contest

Fork It and The Capital PTBO claim second and third place, with winners receiving $1,000, $500, and $300

The Art School of Peterborough co-op student Cecilia Van Mierlo (left) and receptionist Raine Knudsen (right) hold up a snowflake ornament and first place award for their window display in the 2022 holiday window contest sponsored by the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA). As first-place winner, the school receives $1,000. Over 3,000 votes were cast online for 27 window displays at downtown businesses and organizations. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)
The Art School of Peterborough co-op student Cecilia Van Mierlo (left) and receptionist Raine Knudsen (right) hold up a snowflake ornament and first place award for their window display in the 2022 holiday window contest sponsored by the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA). As first-place winner, the school receives $1,000. Over 3,000 votes were cast online for 27 window displays at downtown businesses and organizations. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)

The Art School of Peterborough at 174A Charlotte Street has won this year’s downtown Peterborough holiday window contest for its winter woodland display.

Fork It at 288 Charlotte Street and The Capital PTBO at 370 George Street came in second and third.

The top three winners will receive $1,000, $500, and $300 for their winning windows.

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The annual contest, sponsored by the Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA), ran online from November 14 to December 6 with the winners selected based on the number of votes received. A record-breaking 3,000 votes were cast this year for 27 window displays at downtown businesses and organizations.

“We love seeing our shop owners put their own creative spin on the holidays with our holiday window contest,” says DBIA executive director Terry Guiel in a media release. “It really sets the tone of the season and brings a lot of charm into our historic downtown shopping district.”

“This year’s theme was winter woodland and our businesses curated many whimsical winter displays capturing the spirit of the theme and magic of the holidays.”

Fork It at 288 Charlotte Street won second place and $500 in the 2022 downtown Peterborough holiday window contest. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)
Fork It at 288 Charlotte Street won second place and $500 in the 2022 downtown Peterborough holiday window contest. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)
The Capital PTBO at 370 George Street won third place and $300 in the 2022 downtown Peterborough holiday window contest. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)
The Capital PTBO at 370 George Street won third place and $300 in the 2022 downtown Peterborough holiday window contest. (Photo courtesy of Peterborough DBIA)

“Thank you so much to everyone who has shown their support to our students, our instructors and coworkers, our neighbours, and our local Peterborough community,” says Art School of Peterborough receptionist Raine Knudsen. “This year, we were inspired to create a woodland scene, with our favourite lovable forest creatures all joyfully hand-drawn with care.”

In celebration of the season, all visitors who stop by the Art School of Peterborough will receive a hand-made ceramic snowflake ornament crafted by the school’s art students.

“Thanks Peterborough for all the support and love you’ve shown us, and so many other local businesses and non-profits this holiday season,” Knudsen adds. “The Art School wishes everyone a bright and beautiful winter holiday and happy new year.”

You can see all this year’s window display entries at theboro.ca/holiday-window-contest-2022/.