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Christmas in Penrith Window Dressing 2017


Judging took place on Saturday 2nd December for the Penrith Christmas window dressing competition.

Each year businesses in the town are invited to dress up their windows and get into the Christmas spirit. This year the theme set by Penrith Chamber of Trade for the competition was “Christmas in Penrith”.

This year’s judges were Heidi Marshall; Dodd & Co Chartered Accountants and President of Penrith Chamber of Trade, Claire Maxwell; Scott Duff, Sarah Mossop; Sassy Nix, Stephen Hill; T J Services (Penrith), Stephen Macaulay; Manning Elliott and Tracey Errington; Market Sense.

With over 25 entrees scattered all around Penrith being judged between Retail and Non-Retail, a great mix of backgrounds of judges, and so many fabulous windows to judge, it took the judges nearly 3 hours to view them all, score and finalise the winner. The winners in each category are:

Retail Winners:


1ST Maggies Bakery, Sandgate

2nd Finesse Bridal, Middlegate

3rd The Unicorn, Little Dockray

Non-Retail Winners:


1ST Wilkes Green and Hill, Angel Lane

2nd Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors, Bishop Yards

3rd Styleline, Middlegate

The judges were impressed with the effort that the businesses taking part had gone to with their windows and thought it was great to see so many businesses getting involved and supporting the initiative this year. Heidi Marshall President of Penrith Chamber of Trade said, “The standard was much higher this year which made the judges job really difficult, but it is fantastic to see the effort businesses have gone to”. With the high standard of entrees, the results for the winners were close.

Heidi Marshall is due to step down from her role as President of Penrith Chamber of Trade at the AGM on Tuesday 6th February 2018 and because of this she felt it was a great time to award a business in town who cannot participate in the window dressing competition, but each year decorate both inside and out giving a warm and welcoming feeling to the centre of town a special ‘Christmas Window Dressing Support’ award. Each year The George Hotel sparkle in the town centre and because of this Heidi has chosen them for this special recognition.


Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who took part, it really is great to have ‘Christmas in Penrith’. Below you can see all the businesses who are taking part so far in the window dressing competition.

Window Dressing Entries


  • Eden Wedding Boutique, Devonshire Street
  • Finesse Bridal, Middlegate
  • Finesse Jewellery, Middlegate
  • Greenwheat Flowers & Fika, Brunswick Road
  • Hospice at Home, Little Dockray
  • Lakeland Music, Little Dockray
  • Maggies Bakery, Sandgate
  • Mr Simms Sweet Shop, Middlegate
  • Muster, King Street
  • N Arnison & Sons Ltd, Devonshire Street
  • Salvation Army, Middlegate
  • Sassy Nix Boutique, King Street
  • Specsavers, Angel Lane
  • The Hideout Café, Middlegate
  • The Lion Gallery, Little Dockray
  • The Unicorn, Little Dockray
  • Townhall Treasures, Middlegate

Non Retail:

  • Acorn Guest House, Townhead
  • Armstrong Watson Accountants, Duke Street
  • Cartmell Shepherd Solicitors, Bishop Yards
  • Dodd & Co Accountants, Clint Mill
  • Eden Mencap Society, Duke Street (Adult's Entry)
  • Eden Mencap Society, Duke Street (Children's Entry)
  • Griffin Accountants, Devonshire Street
  • Penrith Building Society, King Street
  • Penrith Library, St. Andrews Churchyard
  • Styleline, Middlegate
  • Wilkes Green and Hill, Angel Lane

See Gallery for more photos taken by the judges




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