The Holiday Stroll by the Bay Committee, a partnership between the OBEN Chamber
of Commerce and The Oyster Bay Main Street Association, is happy to announce a
Holiday Window Decorating Contest presented by the Oyster Bay Herald, a LI Herald
Nothing says holidays more than festive shop windows; inviting shoppers in from the
cold for a warm drink, putting a sparkle in the eyes of a child as she sees the perfect gift
for her little brother. The Oyster Bay and East Norwich hamlets will be aglow this
winter with OBEN Chamber and Main Street Association Members partnering with local
decorators and student-artists from the OBEN Schools.
Public on-line voting will begin Saturday, November 25th. Only one vote per email, so
make sure you do all of your research (aka shopping) before voting. Public voting will
select the finalists, and a distinguished panel of judges, including Town of Oyster Bay
Clerk, Rich LaMarca, OBEN Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Francesco Ianni, PTA
President, Moriah Parades and Student Council, President Matthew Zakarian, will
choose the winner. The results will be announced at the tree lighting on December 9th.
The winner will also be featured in an Oyster Bay Herald story after the 1st of the year
and will receive a half-page ad in the paper to be used to promote their business.
“We are so excited to add this to our growing Holiday Stroll by the Bay. This year’s
theme is a Renaissance Holiday: Come and Rediscover. The hamlet has come so far
with so many new businesses we thought it was time to celebrate,” said Chamber
Secretary Susan Dembo. “We invite everyone to come and rediscover our local
The window decorating contest is one enhancement of the event. Others include a
warming station, gift wrapping and tree sales at the intersection of Audrey and South
Streets, run by Oyster Bay Community Rowing. Theodore’s Books will be flying Mrs.
Claus in on her sleigh to read to the younger patrons at 1, 2 and 3:00. Renaissance
properties will be providing a reusable shopping bag to the first 450 families.
This is all in addition to the regular happenings, including the Oyster Bay Main Street
Association’s ice rink and parents’ lounge and Wonderland Tree’s wagon rides with
Raynham Hall’s tour guides. Oakcliff Sailing and Cooper’s Bluff sponsor Santa’s elves
serving as taxi drivers, and featured programming will be provided by Kathryn Prinz
Flute Magic Ensemble, OBEN High School Choir, and Gone Dancin’ Dancers.
To register your business in the contest or to participate in the market go to: