An Old Town tradition will get underway the week of Dec. 6, when residents of the Old and Historic District of Alexandria will display their holiday spirit on their doors and a team of judges from the Old Town Walled Garden Club will select the winners of the 48th Annual Holiday Door Decorating Contest. The first, second, and third place winners will be awarded prizes from Blackwall Hitch on Cameron Street, The Market Square Shop on King Street, and Sonoma Cellar on King Street, respectively. In addition to these prizes, photographs of the winning doors will be featured in a holiday issue of the Gazette Packet.
Contest rules are as follows: Except for bows and ribbons, decorations must be made from natural materials by the homeowners themselves; purchased professional arrangements are not eligible to win. Judging criteria include originality of design, scale, color, contrast, and attractiveness from the street.
The Old Town Walled Garden Club will be doing the judging the week of Dec. 6. For more information, contact the Old Town Walled Garden Club at OTWGClub@gmail.com.