BUSINESSES in Abingdon are being encouraged to go all out with their Christmas window displays this year as they aim to be crowned the best dressed in town.

Shoppers can vote for their favourite festive decorations until December 16, with the added bonus of the chance to win £50 in town centre vouchers.

The competition has been organised by Visit Abingdon and is designed to encourage more people to venture into the town centre in the run up to Christmas to do their gift buying.

Entry forms can be collected and submitted at Frend & Co Jewellers in Broad Street and visitors can use the form to guide them through Abingdon via the list of participating businesses included.

The Best Dressed Window Display 2016 proved a hit when it was first held last year, with a duo of living room scenes complete with cosy 'fireplaces' earning Helen & Douglas House joint first place alongside the Nursery Shop, whose display had been designed by the shop manager's 14-year-old daughter.

Windows must be judged by shoppers, favourites picked and forms submitted back at Frend & Co by 5pm on December 16.

The lucky winner of the £50 town centre vouchers will be selected at random and will be announced on December 18.