The displays in the Short North, decorated for the district's annual window design competition, would make even Scrooge think about grinning.

The displays in the Short North, decorated for the district's annual window design competition, would make even Scrooge think about grinning.

Participating businesses were judged (by a group of four, including yours truly) on their use of the Evergreen theme, creativity, quality of installation and wow factor.

A gruff pirate cupcake and peppermint candy heart at Surly Girl captured the title for Best Restaurant window. A massive wreath made out of plastic silverware at Cookware Sorcerer tied with Collier West's decorated bike for Best Unexpected Wow. And Best Handcrafted Holiday went to the intricate ornaments at Adore House of Bloomsbury Loft.

Flower Child's winter wonderland and Substance's subtle display with an eco-conscious message tied for the title of Overall Winner, so the two businesses are sharing the bragging rights.