The decoration contest winners are in. Now it’s your turn to pick the best of the best.
The ribbons have been awarded! We’re excited to announce the winners of the Historic Area Residents Doorway Decorations Contest, which dates back to 1937. And for the first time, we’re asking you to chime in and vote for a People’s Choice winner among these top wreaths!
Residents are divided into two categories, amateurs (persons with no floral arranging experience) and professionals. Trade Shops were added as a separate category in 2017. The Creative award recognizes one of Colonial Williamsburg’s floral designers who make the holiday decorations for all of the public buildings and unoccupied residences in the Historic Area, which is a lot of buildings!
Decorations are judged on the following criteria: the types of materials used; creativity and elements of the design; originality and faithfulness to the spirit of eighteenth-century decorative ideas; attention to detail and written information provided by the residents.
The votes are in! This poll closed Monday December 14 and you chose the Prentis House for the "People's Choice Award!" among the Historic Area Residents Doorway Decorations Contest winners.
See and read about from each winner about the ideas and materials behind their creations below!
A. Robert Nicolson House, Amateur category
On the North side of York Street, east of Bassett Hall
B. George Pitt House, Amateur category
On the corner of Duke of Gloucester Street and Colonial Street
C. Greenhow Tenement Kitchen, Amateur category
Off of Duke of Gloucester Street, directly behind the Shoemaker
D. William Waters House, Amateur category
On the north side of Duke of Gloucester Street next door to the William Pitt Store
E. Peter Hay’s Shop, Professional category
On the corner of Duke of Gloucester Street and Queen Street
F. Prentis House, Professional category
On the corner of Duke of Gloucester Street and Botetourt Street
G. Wythe Lumber House (Coopers), Trades category
On Prince George Street between Nassau Street and the Palace Green
H. The Quarters, Creative category
On the southwest corner of Francis Street and Colonial Street.
If you’re visiting, look for the ribbons to view these winners in-person. A blue ribbon is attached to each of the six winning residences for the duration of the holiday season. A single green ribbon is awarded to the winning Trade Shop. A single yellow ribbon is awarded to the winning floral designer’s decorations.
These eight wreaths are just a sampling of the holiday décor adorning hundreds of doorways in the Historic Area. Not to mention the charming glow of candles in each window. Plan your visit to experience the magic of the holidays, or sign up for our emails to keep in touch!