Photo by Anna Popovic

SPONSORED: Downtown Orlando local businesses and organizations will celebrate the holiday spirit this year by participating in Deck the Downtown 2017. Also known as Deck the DTO, this program is a collaborative effort between the Downtown Arts District, Downtown Orlando Partnership, Church Street District, Thornton Park District and the Downtown Development Board.

Deck the DTO, which was launched last year, has returned for 2017 with an extended time frame. Guests can now enjoy festive lights, holiday window décor and a “decked out” downtown Orlando for the entire month of December.

Participating businesses are listed on the Deck the DTO website, HERE. Each business will have its display judged for a chance to win a $500 cash prize in one of the following categories: Most Original/Creative, Best Use of Traditional Décor,  Best Window Painting, and Judges Favorite.

All displays are accessible to the public at no charge. Guests are invited to visit participating local businesses throughout the holiday season, take pictures and share their favorites on social media using the hashtag#DECKTHEDTO.

Location maps may be picked up at any participating business during business hours, or downloaded from the Deck the DTO website.

A public kick-off event will take place on Thursday, November 30 from 3:30 p.m.–5 p.m. at Frosty’s Christmastime Lounge, 50 E. Central Boulevard [GMap]. Elected officials as well as representatives from each organization are expected to attend. Residents, participating businesses and members of the press are invited to help celebrate Deck the Downtown 2017.

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