GRANDVIEW - Besides its signature Cocoa and Carols event, the Grandview Chamber of Commerce is inviting businesses to get into the holiday spirit with a decoration contest.
Cocoa and Carols this year will be on Friday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. at Stokely Square in a downtown Grandview revitalized by new construction. Santa is also scheduled to make an appearance and will give candy canes to the children.
The Cocoa and Carols event culminates with the lighting of a downtown Christmas tree at 6:30 p.m. that same evening.
To help the event sparkle even more, businesses in Grandview are invited to decorate their front display windows in the spirit of the 2010 "An Olde Fashioned Christmas" holiday theme, to win cash prizes and to encourage local shopping.
First, second and third place prize winners in the window decorating contest will be selected by a panel of judges from the Grandview Beautification Committee on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 1, and announced to the public on the evening of the Cocoa and Carols event.
A people's choice award for window decorating will be voted on by the public Dec. 1-21. A ballot box for people's choice award nominees will be placed at the Grandview Chamber of Commerce office at 133 W Second Street.
Businesses that are interested in participating can call the chamber at 882-2100 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, Nominations should include the business name, address and contact information or they can be registered on an entry form available from the chamber.
For a complete listing of the judging criteria, contact the chamber. Information on the event is also available at www.visitgrandview.org
Prizes for the best display windows will range from $100 to a free banner advertisement on the chamber website. Each winner will also receive a plaque.