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This nutcracker in a window earned $250 for a Syracuse bakery

A window display shows a pink nutcracker with a cupcake as a hat and a green Christmas wreath decorated with a pink bow and cupcakes.
Peace, Love, and Cupcakes
Downtown Committee of Syracuse
Cupcakes and Christmas combine in a Peace, Love, and Cupcakes holiday window display.

A cupcake-crowned nutcracker earned a top award this holiday season.

During the Downtown Committee of Syracuse's seventh annual holiday Window Wonderland Contest, 39 businesses competed for the best window displays in a resident-judged competition.

The contest saw a jump in participation this year, receiving 5,510 votes this year compared to 3,277 total votes last year.

The first-place winner was Peace, Love, and Cupcakes for its festive yet unique display featuring a pink nutcracker with a cupcake adorned on its head. The bakery received a $500 prize, while Soup R Salads took home $250 for second place, and Onondaga County Central Library won $100 for third place.

The Downtown Committee's executive director said the event helps increase the area's holiday joy and boost its popularity in attractions, entertainment and cultural offerings.

"The Window Wonderland Contest is a community favorite that brings a festive energy to Downtown Syracuse," said Merike Treier, executive director of the Downtown Committee, in a press release. "The holidays always bring big crowds to Downtown Syracuse and our hope is that people discover new businesses and come back to visit throughout the entire year."

Two people stand on each side of a wide window display of two polar bears pulling a sleigh through snow.
Onondaga County Central Library
Downtown Committee of Syracuse
Two Onondaga County Central Library workers stand in front of a window display.