The Manitou Springs Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Competition has returned for 2022, starting Dec. 1.

To be eligible, businesses should decorate their storefront windows to show off the most holiday flair, so they can catch the eyes of residents and visitors in Manitou Springs this shopping season.

Judges will select winners based on four elements: creativity, most colorful, holiday theme and overall appearance. The grand prize is a $125 Ace gift card from the event sponsor, Ace Hardware Uintah Gardens.

Second place will receive $75 and third place $50 in Ace Hardware gift cards.

A People’s Choice award will be given, so cast your ballot for the storefront with the best overall holiday decorations. Voters can vote for their favorite display through drop boxes around downtown, or through the form here: The contest runs through Dec. 26, with winners being announced Dec. 30.

Businesses interested in competing in this year’s contest are asked to register here:

Information: 719-685-5089 or

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