Wanting to get a jump on my Christmas shopping (yes I'm way behind) I took a trip to downtown Kalamazoo yesterday to check out the local shops. I was pleasantly surprised to not only find the perfect gifts for a few on my list but to discover multiple windows decorated for the holidays.

It turns out, it's an annual thing! Again, I'm still new to the area. It's the 2020 Window Decorating Contest!

Here's how it works...if you find yourself downtown for your holiday shopping you'll notice that each window display participating in the contest will have a QR code somewhere on their window. Like below:

Downtown Kalamazoo’s Winter Window Decorating Contest

Simply scan the QR code with your camera on your phone and it'll open a link for you to vote.

If you're not out shopping, no big deal. Downtown Kalamazoo has posted the photos of all shops participating on their Facebook page. To vote, just click 'like' on your favorite photo.

As well, did you know that The Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership has extended Shop Small Saturday through the month of December along with an extra outdoor market. You can find the full details below.

Don't forget to snag your 'I shopped local' pin! Businesses in downtown are handing them out with your purchase.

Shop Small Downtown Kalamazoo

While I wasn't able to capture all of the amazing window displays, here's a sneak peek of a few participating in the Downtown Kalamazoo Window Display Contest. Enjoy! And shop local!

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A glimpse of Downtown Kalamazoo's 2020 Window Decorating Contest