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Merchants Row is decked out for the holidays!

RUTLAND - No matter what your family's tradition, Christmas is a time for gifts as well as lights, action, and cameras.

Thanks to holiday photographer Debby DuBay of Limoges Antiques, located at 62 Merchants Row in downtown Rutland, we have lots of colorful lights to help grace this week's Rutland Tribune.

The center of Rutland looks like a storybook image of olde London Town during this holiday season. You can almost imagine Charles Dickens' classic Christmas character, Tiny Tim, blessing all who rush along the sidewalks of olde downtown Rutland.

Downtown businesses were encouraged to embellish their buildings and premises using lights and other holiday decorations. And of special brilliance are the nostalgic and creative displays along Merchants Row-the heart of Rutland's classic shopping district.

The decor was encouraged as part of the Downtown Rutland Partnership's Holly Days Lights contest.

This year's contest featured the awarding of "place" for best display with the judges looking at overall design, overall theme and originality.

Hawley's Florist on nearby Center Street garnered first place with Cold River Frameworks capturing second and Something Sweet earning third.

But when it comes to handing out a "brightest award", we think the staffs of Merchants Row businesses deserve the kudos for their sheer brilliance fo display and holiday spirit.

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