After what has been another difficult year for many this year’s Christmas Display competition in association with AIB was more welcome than ever. The creativity, effort, and time our local business community take in decorating their premises is testament to their wish to add further colour and vibrancy to the town as shoppers have been able to appreciate from the last week in November.
With 50 entries included in this year’s competition, Colette O’Connor, Chief Executive of Tralee Chamber Alliance, said, ‘Christmas in Tralee is a magical time for both young and old with the amazing Christmas lights around the town and with our businesses really going the extra mile in terms of their decorations and displays. A walk about town to soak up the festive atmosphere is an experience not to be missed.’
Like 2020 we have three award categories: Town Pride; Public Choice; and the Retail Team award. The Town Pride award is given to the business that embodies the true essence of Christmas in Tralee recognising a genuine community pride and spirit. The Public Choice award is a public vote that was polled on Facebook in the weeks leading up to Christmas, with votes coming being cast in their thousands it was testament again to the delight and real engagement people have for this competition. Finally, the Retail Team award is the best display selected by the Chamber’s retail team headed up by Sandra Rusk and her colleagues who have the very tough job of picking an overall winner in a competition that has so many deserving entrants.
Without any further delay this year’s competition winners are:
Town Pride Award: Kerry County Museum
Public Choice Award: Down Syndrome Kerry Shop
Retail Team Award: Urban Sanctuary (Formerly Glam Pod)
For this year’s competition we partnered with AIB who have been a driving force for many local businesses here in town and having them involved has really improved our reach and engagement throughout the county and beyond. Stephen Stack of AIB Tralee said, ‘The incredible displays produced by businesses around the town has really lifted spirits in the local community and we are delighted to be involved in supporting this festive feel good competition. Congratulations to all the winners.’
Each winner also received a plaque and a generous advertising budget from local media outlets, so a sincere thank you to Tralee Today, Connect Kerry, and the Tralee Advertiser who again stepped up to support us.
Happy Christmas from all of us here at Tralee Chamber Alliance