News Release

Invitation from the Mayor

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

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