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Invitation from the Mayor

An invitation from that mayor to all businesses to be part of the Light up Downtown Holiday Event

Cast Your Ballot for Your Favorite Storefront in Mayor Ivy Taylor’s Light Up Downtown Holiday Contest
More than 70 businesses will participate to turn downtown into a Winter Wonderland

SAN ANTONIO (Nov. 24, 2014) – San Antonians and visitors, who enjoy the dazzling holiday displays and decorations of downtown storefronts and shops, can vote for their favorites from Nov. 28 to Dec. 19 by visiting as part of Mayor Ivy Taylor’s Light Up Downtown Holiday Contest.

This year, more than 70 participating shops have transformed their brick-and-mortar establishments and buildings into glowing displays of multi-colored light creations to encourage people to visit downtown during the holidays and take in the magical sights.

“These awesome decorations truly help make the Alamo City shine,” said Mayor Taylor. “I encourage everyone to come downtown during the holidays to see all of the wonderful light displays, and I hope they will take a moment to vote for their favorite, which always makes the contest a fun and friendly competition,” said Mayor Taylor.

Individuals can vote in a variety of categories, including “Greenest Lighting Display,” “People’s Choice-Best Use of Space,” “Critic’s Choice & People’s Choice- Storefront” and “Critic’s Choice & People’s Choice- Building.” Winners will be recognized at the Celebrate San Antonio New Year’s Eve event.

Among the businesses participating in the Light Up Downtown Holiday Contest are: San Antonio Fire Museum, 22 Salon & Spa, UTSA Downtown Campus, Vidorra Condominiums, Hilton Palacio Del Rio, Casino Club Building and the Pop up Shops on Houston Street, among others.

Last year, some 4,799 people voted online for their favorite creative display of holiday lights. Participating businesses will also display a decal with a Quick Response (QR) Code that links directly to the website to allow voting from Smartphones. The displays will be lit from Nov. 28 through early January.

Light Up Downtown is sponsored by The Mayor’s Office, Center City Development & Operations and media partners KABB-TV Fox 29 “Daytime at Nine” and News 4 WOAI-TV “San Antonio Living.”

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Downtown Businesses Encouraged to Transform the Alamo City into a Winter Wonderland during the 4th Annual Light up Downtown Holiday Contest

SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 30, 2014) – All downtown businesses are encouraged to create dazzling store front displays to the delight of locals and tourists alike during the 4th Annual Light Up Downtown Holiday Contest, which begins Nov. 28 and runs through Dec. 19, 2014.

“This beautiful, new tradition offers residents and tourists a great opportunity to visit downtown and enjoy all of the holiday store front decorations, choose their favorite ones, and vote for them online,” said Mayor Ivy R. Taylor.

Participating businesses – including hotels, stores, restaurants, organizations and more – will compete for the most decorative and creative holiday light display. The contest provides family-friendly entertainment, and encourages tourists and locals to visit downtown during the holidays. The entry deadline for the contest is Nov. 26, 2014. To participate, call (210) 207-8477 or

Participants will showcase the exteriors of their buildings with creative holiday lighting displays and compete in a variety of categories including “Greenest Lighting Display,” “People’s Choice-Best Use of Space,” “Critic’s Choice & People’s Choice- Best Storefront,” “Critic’s Choice & People’s Choice- Best Building” and “Pop Up Shops.” Individuals can vote for their favorite lighting displays online at  Winners will be recognized by Mayor Taylor.

The displays will be lit through early January.  Light Up Downtown is sponsored by The Mayor’s Office, the City of San Antonio’s Center City Development & Operations Department, and media partners KABB-TV Fox 29 and News 4 WOAI-TV.

Contact: Di Galvan: (210) 207-7234
or Lorraine Pulido: (210) 207-4494