Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Window Dressing

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Window Dressing

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There's nothing quite like taking a stroll in your community's downtown area during the holiday season and feeling like a kid again as you bask in the glow of the lights and decorations. Since 2012, the Edwardsville [Illinois] Parks and Recreation Department, has been hosting its "Downtown in December" to draw people in the community downtown to take in the holiday festivities, do some shopping and patronize the restaurants.

A popular part of the festivities is the annual Holiday Window Decorating Contest, which offers the city's downtown merchants the opportunity to decorate their store windows. They then can send a photo of their decorations to the Edwardsville Parks and Recreation Department to post on its Facebook page, in the hopes of gaining the most "likes" to win the contest.

"There really isn't a prize. It's just kind of bragging rights that they won the contest for the year," says Hayley Verheyen, recreational activities supervisor for Edwardsville Parks and Recreation Department. …

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