News Release

Businesses encouraged to display their holiday spirit as part of Mayor Ivy Taylor’s Light Up Downtown Holiday Contest

SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 30, 2015) – Mayor Ivy R. Taylor is encouraging all businesses in the downtown area to create dazzling store front displays during the 5th Annual Light Up Downtown Holiday Contest, which begins November 27 and runs through December 21, 2015.

“San Antonio is known worldwide for its Christmastime lights along the River Walk,” said Mayor Taylor. “This fairly new tradition of having businesses light up too adds to the tradition of our holiday spirit. And the best part is that locals and visitors get to select their favorite displays and vote for them online.”

Last year, 80 businesses participated and more are expected to join in on the fun this year. The entry deadline for the contest is November 27, 2015. To join, call (210) 207-8477 or visit

Participants - including hotels, stores, restaurants, organizations and pop-ups – will showcase the exteriors of their buildings with creative holiday lighting displays and compete in a variety of categories including Best Small, Medium and Large Business Displays as well as People’s Choice and Pop-Up Shops. The contest provides a family-friendly environment and encourages locals and tourists to visit downtown during the holidays. 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 Antoni’s Center City Development and Operations Department and media partners KABB-TV Fox 29 and News 4 WOAI-TV.