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Harrogate Christmas shop window winners revealed

Harrogate Christmas shop window winners revealed

Published by May Norman at 7:40am 9th December 2019.

Winners of Harrogate Christmas shop window competition announced

  • It's the competition all Harrogate shops want to win - the annual Christmas shop window contest.
  • Twetny-six shops took part.
  • Mama Doreen's Emporium on Station Square named as overall winner.
  • Other categories include best large shop, best small shop and best charity shop window.

The winners of the Harrogate Christmas Shop Window Competition have been announced.

Twenty six shops had asked to take part.

Mama Doreen’s Emporium on Station Square has been named as the overall winner.

Harrogate Christmas shop window 2019
Yorkshire Soap shop receives nod from the judges

Woods Fine Linens in Station Parade was the winner in the large shops category, Mama Doreen’s Emporium won the medium shops category, and Bijouled in Parliament Street and Helen James Flowers in Station Parade were the joint winners in the small shops category. 

Harrogate Christmas shop window 2019
Bijouled on Parliament Street

The judging of the windows took place on Thursday 29 November.

Bettys in Parliament Street did not take part this year because they had won the large shops category for the last three years and were not eligible. Two of their window dressers took part in the judging and Bettys was given a special award for their contribution for shop window dressing for 100 years.

Harrogate Christmas shop window 2019
Helen James Flowers on Station Parade

Graham Saunders, who organized the judging on behalf of the Rotary Club, said:

"We were delighted to be able to take part again this year. Harrogate is lucky to have so many independent shops who enjoy taking part in the competition."

Soroptimist International of Harrogate and District judged the Charity Shop windows in the Harrogate District and announced that the overall winner and winner of the Soroptimist Cup this year was St Michael’s Hospice Shop in Ripon.

Their delightful window impressed the judges with most items knitted by volunteers from ‘Father Christmases to complete nativity sets’ Many of the charity shop windows displayed what can be achieved with limited resources but lots of imagination.

Harrogate Christmas shop window 2019
Richard Grafton Interiors were highly commended

John Fox, chairman of Harrogate at Christmas, congratulated all the retailers and charity shops for making that extra effort to decorate their window for Christmas.

He welcomed a number of shops who had not taken part in the competition in previous years.

"Their efforts give Harrogate that festive feel.

"We are also delighted that once again we are able to present the Silver Rose Bowl to the overall winners of the competition. 

"The Rose Bowl was originally presented to the Council by the Harrogate Chamber to be awarded for the best dressed window in Italian week in 1957. 

"This year the winning window dressers came from Mama Doreen’s Emporium who were  given a special award in memory of Val Thompson. We're grateful to her family for their support and enthusiasm."

Presentations were made to representatives of all the winning shops in St Peters Church on Tuesday evening by The Mayor of Harrogate Cllr Stuart Martin, Mr. Eric Mitchell, President of the Rotary Club of Harrogate and Mrs Sylvia Purser, President of the Harrogate Soroptimists.

Harrogate Christmas shop window 2019
Weetons Food Hall on West Park

Full winners list revealed:

Overall Winner:

Mama Doreen’s Emporium


Large Shop:


Woods Fine Linens, 65 – 69 Station Parade

Highly Commended:    

Richard Grafton Interiors, The Ginnel

Weetons Food Hall, 23/24 West Park


Medium Shop Winner:

Mama Doreen’s Emporium, 65 - 69 Station Parade

Highly Commended:

Jespers, 14 Oxford Street

Milk and Honey, 14 – 16 Cheltenham Parade


Small Shop:

Joint Winner:

Bijouled, 50 Parliament Street

Helen James Flowers, 63 Station Parade

Highly Commended:

Yorkshire Soap Co., 1 James Street

Just So Interiors, 33 Swan Road


Harrogate Christmas shop window 2019
Jespers on Oxford Street

Special award for shop window dressing:

Bettys Parliament Street  


Charity Shops in the Harrogate District:

Winner of the Soroptimist Cup:

St Michael’s Hospice Shop, Ripon    


          Ripon / Boroughbridge              

Gold Award: St Michael’s, Ripon

Silver Award: Scope, Ripon

Highly Commended: Blue Cross, Ripon and Salvation Army Ripon          


           Knaresborough / Starbeck               

Gold Award: Cliff House Community Support Services 

Silver Award: Oxfam Knaresborough

Highly Commended; St Michael’s Hospice shops in Starbeck


Harrogate Town Centre

Gold Award: St Michael’s, Harrogate Town Centre

Silver Award: OXFAM Montpellier Parade

Highly Commended; Oxfam Books, Oxford Street                 

Harrogate Christmas shop window 2019
Just So Interiors on Swan Road


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