Get festive in Langley with ‘Deck the Doors’ and fun activities

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Dec. 8, 2013

Langley may be the sweetest little village-by-the-sea, but the streets are bursting with big holiday cheer this season, thanks to its annual “Deck the Doors” extravaganza. Artists and store-owners have decorated the doors of more than 50 shops in Langley, and five lucky door decorators will win $1,000.

Artists and merchants were invited to decorate the town’s shop doors and possibly win one of five $1000 prizes.  What was created was an imaginative, magical, outdoor gallery.

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Check out “Deck the Doors” in Langley for an artistic infusion to the holiday spirit. / Photos courtesy of LMSA

There is an abundance of ideas and creative flair this year on the doors, from a Parisian cabaret complete with an Eiffel Tower and can-can dancers, to Santa’s Workshop, where kids can become Santa or an elf and open a surprise each day on the advent calendar.

Many of the handcrafted decorations utilize themes from the shops. A hair salon’s wreath and trimmings include tools of the trade, with blow dryers, brushes and curlers.  One restaurant door is decorated with apples, nuts and berries, while another was decked out with forks and knives mingled with corks, wine glasses and ribbon. The animal hospital door is decked out with portraits of dogs and cats, while a garden store features antique garden tools and dried flowers.

With no shortage of art galleries in town, doors are decorated with glittering golden ribbons, paint brushes, elves and blown glass floats.

Visitors and residents alike have exclaimed with the delight about walking down the streets of Langley and having such unique decorations add to the festive atmosphere and getting everybody in the holiday mood!

Sponsored by Langley Main Street Association, “Deck the Doors” is an annual holiday tradition, but this year is a first for utilizing the extraordinary talents of the many artists who reside on Whidbey, to give them an opportunity to win a big cash prize!

Shoppers can come to Langley and see the artistry that lights up the holiday spirit of the village-by-the-sea, but also have the chance to win big themselves, too!  With each $20 purchase, shoppers are eligible to enter a drawing that includes a prize for a $1000 Langley Shopping Spree.  Winners for both the “Deck the Doors” contest and the shopping spree will be announced on Dec 21.

It’s a great time to come to Langley, see the festive outdoor gallery and possibly win a shopping spree! But there is also plenty to do with more than 50 shops, several restaurants, wine tastings, theater, musical concerts and a gorgeous waterfront to take in a Christmastime stroll.  Presently playing in town is Whidbey Island Center for the Arts’ musical production of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” a fun holiday entertainment for the whole family through Dec. 21.

So come over to Langley and shop, stroll, eat, drink, be merry and sing-along with Charlie!

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  1. Don’t forget to look at the back door of Prima Bistro, it has never been decorated before and it looks terrific, even if I do say so myself.

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