2,786 Votes Determine Winning Designs in Fifth Annual Downtown Syracuse Window Wonderland Contest


A Record 39 Downtown Businesses Decorate in the Spirit of the Season

Syracuse, NY – After 2,786 votes were tallied, the favorite window displays in the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc.’s fifth annual holiday window-decorating contest have been decided!

  • Soup R Salads, located at 308 S. Warren Street (map) defends its first place title for the third consecutive year, taking home the top prize of $500. The popular lunch place, owned by Cheryl Hassett, garnered 50% of the votes! In one window, Soup R Salads re-created the festive atmosphere in Clinton Square, down to the lighted tree and ice skating. In the other, tribute is paid to the time-honored tradition of the Erie Canal Museum’s Gingerbread Gallery in Soup R Salads’ Gingerbread Village.
  • Famous Artists, located at 374 S. Salina Street (map), earned the second-place ($250) title in the contest. The window display features a “Hamilton Tree,” complete with ornaments that are named for songs from the award-winning musical.
  • For the first time in the history of the contest, two displays tied for third-place, fetching a prize of $100.
    • Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s headquarters, located at 234 W. Genesee Street (map), created a display featuring a festive Dinosaur Santa Claus.
    • Element on Water, located at 206 W. Water Street (map), decorated its windows with white lights and trees. 

Please note, pictures of all four winning displays attached above. A list of all participating businesses is accessible here.

The Window Wonderland Contest was designed to boost holiday spirit, entertain visitors and attract new customers to experience Downtown’s variety of retail, restaurant and cultural offerings. Especially in 2020, the contest offered a great opportunity to spend some “socially-distanced” outdoor time with family and friends.

“The Window Wonderland Contest brings a fun energy to the streetscape by inviting visitors to explore Downtown during the holiday season, and we think that fun energy is more important now than ever,” said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee. “In the midst of COVID-19, we hope the contest provided a positive boost to time spent in Downtown Syracuse, and that online voting brought cheer as we continue to celebrate the creativity and resiliency of our Downtown retailers and restaurateurs.”