A highlight of the Christmas Village & Tree Lighting is the annual Storefront Decorating Contest, which encourages downtown businesses to decorate their windows to create a Christmas holiday decoration destination for for downtown Clayton. Downtown Clayton has a highly decorated downtown, but the anonymous judges could only select three:
Best Overall: Signage of the Carolinas, 218 W Main Street
In the photo, Linda Adams received the new plaque which will be passed from winner to winner each year. (Left to right: Mayor Jody McLeod, Melanie Sanders, NBC-17 News, Linda, Santa)
Most Creative: Awards & Engravables, 327 E Main Street
Most Traditional: North Carolina Paper Company, 114 W Main Street
(Photo: Joyce Haynes receives the winners plaque. Flanked by Mayor Jody McLeod, Melanie Sanders, NBC-17 News, and Santa)
Some businesses did not decorate and are subject to receiving "The Grinch Award" and this year's recipient was Hair on Main, 401 E Main Street.