BIA rewards village’s winning windows

The Oak Bay BIA names the winners of this year's Christmas window decorating contest

A La Mode repeated as winner of best contemporary window in the annual Oak Bay BIA Christmas window contest.

Winning window displays earned two Oak Bay shops top spot for the second year running in the Oak Bay Business Improvement Association’s annual Christmas window contest.

Judges braved the cold Monday night to stroll the Avenue and survey the decorated windows.

“In addition to the thousands of lights on the buildings, trees and lampposts, Oak Bay Village businesses have decorated their windows for Christmas,” says the Oak Bay BIA’s Heather Leary,

“I like to encourage people to leave time when they come to the village to enjoy looking in the various windows. They range from traditional displays that will remind some of childhood Christmases to modern and contemporary displays. Each one has a personal touch.”

Consignment boutique A La Mode once again captured the judges’ imaginations with its green trees, mannequin bundled against the snow and large square wreath with white lights, stars and figure skates decorating a white door.

Avenue Gallery again won second place for contemporary windows for its simply elegant display of white poinsettias dressed in silver wrapping.

Also repeating in first place in the “themed” category for the second year was Finn & Izzy, for its multiple windows chock-full of whimsical details.

Second place for themed windows went to Ivy’s Bookshop for its charming literary display incorporating a variety of old-fashioned toys.

First place in the traditional category went to Rogers’ Chocolates, for a display featuring a Christmas tree, snowmen and Rogers’  boxes displayed as gifts.

Edward Jones finished second among traditional windows for its red and white display featuring Santa Claus and a Christmas tree atop a snowy base of white cotton.

Judges also awarded the District of Oak Bay an honourable mention for its colourful display both at municipal hall and Entrance Park at Oak Bay Avenue and Foul Bay Road.