The Pearl Brewery, Rio Cruises, HemisFair Park, Windows of Rivercenter Mall, Marriott Courtyard, The Vidorra, and the Children’s Museum are just a few of the many downtown businesses that have entered Mayor Castro’s 2nd Annual Light Up Downtown Holiday Contest. More than 60 downtown businesses are competing for the most decorative and creative use of holiday lights this holiday season. People can vote now for their favorite lighting displays online at <a href="http://www.LightUpDowntownSA.com">LightUpDowntownSA.com</a>. Winners will be recognized at the Celebrate San Antonio New Year’s Eve event.
The contest encourages the use of energy-efficient LED lights, which can help reduce energy costs. Mayor Julián Castro also hopes this initiative will give tourists and locals another reason to visit Downtown this winter. "Last year, many businesses were showcased in the holiday contest, drawing thousands of people from all over the city to downtown. This year's contest will continue the excitement with more participants and expanded holiday programming that the whole family can enjoy," he said.
Participants are showcasing the exteriors of their buildings with creative holiday lighting displays and are competing in a variety of categories, including "Best Lighting Display", "People’s Choice Award," "Greenest Lighting Display," and a new category this year, “Best Window Display by a Non-Profit Organization.” Also debuting this year is a new category “Best Use of Space” that will showcase a collaboration of holiday lighting displays by a single entity. Participants are divided into two main categories – storefronts and buildings.
Last year’s competition garnered 1,700 votes. Participating businesses will also display a decal with a Quick Response (QR) Code linking you directly to the website to vote from your Smartphone. The displays will be lit through early January. The program is sponsored by CPS Energy and KABB Fox 29 “Daytime at Nine.” To participate, call 207-8477.