Mount Dora's main attraction during the holidays is either the two-million-plus twinkling lights set in a historic downtown or the marina’s sprawling light display on the shore of Lake Dora. However, downtown’s unique stores have also been attracting onlookers during the season with their impressive holiday window displays.
This year, more shops than ever have elevated their decorating game, to include everything from frolicking elves, recycled doors, upside-down trees, Snoopy, a Christmas palm and more.
Every year all downtown store windows are automatically entered into Mount Dora’s annual Holiday WIndow Competition and a panel of impartial judges stroll the quaint streets to select their favorites. The winners in the three categories are:
MOST CREATIVE WINDOW:
LOVE HOME HARMONY Can you say “three-peat?” This is the third year in a row this home decor store has taken top honors in the window competition. Its new larger location provided even more space for their impressive decorating and its White Christmas display turns heads from across the street. Love Home Harmony is located at 438 N. Donnelly Street.
BEST TRADITIONAL WINDOW:
PAPILIO This gift store has a knack for creating stellar window displays and once more, they didn’t disappoint this year. The large window features a Christmas tree made from a recycled vintage door and beautiful traditional accents of the season. Papilio is located at 120 W. 5th Avenue.
JULIANNE’S COASTAL COTTAGE As expected, this fun gift shop’s window is anything but typical. The festive Christmas palm tree and whimsical ornaments guarantee smiles from those that behold it. Julianne's Coastal Cottage is located at 135 E. 4th Avenue.
This isn’t the first time these three businesses have won the competition and their annual efforts are appreciated by those that visit downtown Mount Dora for its holiday spirit. The number of honorable mentions in this contest are many, so visitors are encouraged to stroll past the many shops to gawk at the winners and discover their own favorites. Find more holiday events in Mount Dora, Tavares & Eustis, click here.