Red Cups Arrive and Herald a Season of Connection

Every year, we eagerly look forward to the holidays and time with friends and family. And every season, we issue our red cups to celebrate the wonderful moments it brings.

This year, we invite you to participate in a special contest on Instagram that celebrates the beauty and magic of the red cups. The five most artful photos will each be awarded one of our exclusive Sterling Silver Starbucks Cards.  

Here are the steps:

1. Snap a photo of your most beautiful and creative red cup moment and post it on Instagram with #redcupcontest
2. Check back on this blog; we will post the winners here after November 5

All photos should include a red cup from the 2014 holiday season, and should be shot between November 1 and end of the day on November 3. The contest is only open to photographers and photos located in the US.

Good luck! And enjoy the holiday season!

Terms and conditions


11/1/2014 11:32 AM

Just went to Starbucks in my area... They said they have them but arent using them yet... How can i participate in the contest!!?😩

11/1/2014 5:24 PM

Just got back from Georgia to watch my brother graduate boot camp in the Army. I stopped as many time from Texas to Georgia to get my Frappachino ! Vanilla Bean always!

11/1/2014 6:14 PM

I got my red cup but don't know how to do Instagram!

11/1/2014 6:15 PM

Did I hear no Eggnog Late????    OH am I bummed

11/1/2014 7:51 PM

You can't.

mama cindy
11/1/2014 8:02 PM

Got one today with my favorite drink pumpkin spuce

11/1/2014 8:26 PM

I did it. I hope i did it right! hope to win!! my instagram name is kandl22!

11/1/2014 8:38 PM

Will look for the red cup tomorrow!

11/1/2014 9:23 PM

Same here...I have no idea how to use instagram. I have an account and "think" i uploaded a photo but I can't see my own photos. Could you guys not have used twitter or facebook?

11/2/2014 1:24 AM

They have a new sleeve but no red cup in SF today :)

Chai Tea Feen
11/2/2014 1:27 AM

Got my Red Cup and posted in Instagram. Even if I'm not picked as a winner I still enjoyed my drink and hope everyone likes my photo.

11/2/2014 4:13 AM

Can't wait to get my Red Cup :-) Love Starbucks <3

11/2/2014 6:33 AM

This won't be happening for me!  No eggnog latte, no more Starbucks for me!  I'm spreading the word and sending my friends and family to a different chain.  

mr pete
11/2/2014 7:46 AM

Love going to my local starbucks every day. I tell my friends that's my office.

11/2/2014 8:26 AM

I don't instagram either. Could you run a Facebook one. Or can I take the picture and have my daughter put it on her instagram account??

11/2/2014 9:16 AM

My starbucks isn't using red cups so how do we participate in this contest?  If your doing a contest that is on a time limit then you need to send out a memo to the stores to let them know what's going on, so everyone can participate if they want to.

11/2/2014 10:22 AM

I am really hoping the starbucks I go to tomorrow will have the red cup as I want to submit my red cup picture or I'll be disappointed if they do not have the red cup.

11/2/2014 11:49 AM

I don't have an Instagram account either.  I wish we could post it either on Facebook or on Starbucks page.

11/2/2014 1:39 PM

Love Starbucks coffee wish they would open a spot here in Zephyrhills

11/2/2014 5:57 PM

No instagram here either.  But, hey, if Scooters is smart, they'd start serving an eggnog latte!!  I visit Starbucks daily but I'd drive a couple extra miles to Scooters if that's what it took to get an eggnog latte!

11/2/2014 7:40 PM

I've gotten 3 Red Cups already~!!! :) I don't know how to Instagram.. :/

11/2/2014 8:00 PM

I don't care about the red cups !!!!Please bring back Eggnog lattes. I waited all year for them. Big disappointment !!!!!

11/2/2014 8:42 PM

Starbucks @ Target said no eggnog there, but they'll have Chestnut Praline; I'm excited cause I love chestnut. I hope the Starbucks store will have eggnog. Guess now I have to start an instagram account...geez

11/2/2014 8:43 PM

I just called the biggest out of two of my local Starbucks. They said they hadn't heard if the contest, so assume they are not participating. How do we find out which Starbucks are participating?

11/2/2014 9:04 PM


11/2/2014 9:29 PM

The Starbucks here in Chattanooga are not using the red cups yet so i guess i cant get a pick......

11/2/2014 9:38 PM

i can't do insta-gram,no smartphone you have to do a contest for all to play fair. AND WHAT no EGGNOG Latte are you serious no way if so I'm done. peets here I come.

11/2/2014 11:36 PM

I have 4 cups already!! I ❤️ My Starbucks!

11/3/2014 1:17 AM

Done and posted. Instagram name Ambeekay

11/3/2014 1:23 AM

Done and posted. Drink was delicious as always. Mmm créme bruleé latte. Instagram name: Ambeekay

11/3/2014 11:31 AM

Picture taken, posted, and the drink was amazing. I only drink I get when they have them is a Pumpkin Spice!! User is _L3tL1v3_ :)

11/3/2014 12:00 PM

Done and done :) i <3 red cup time!

11/3/2014 12:34 PM

I don't know who said they weren't offering the Eggnog Latte is very much wrong... I had one just yesterday!! So, calm down lovies and go enjoy that delish drink in an amazing red cup!!! && from the looks of it, this is an online contest that has nothing to do with local stores. All you need is a red cup and an Instagram. 💕

11/3/2014 2:10 PM

Went last night, had to settle for a grande, they were out of vente cups :(

11/3/2014 3:23 PM

So thrilled to finally get my red cup! Holding that vibrant Red Cup this morning gave me chills! I am ready to kick start this holiday season!

11/3/2014 3:45 PM

What would be awesome is if my cup could be filled with an Egg Nog latte. It can't .

11/3/2014 5:53 PM

Eggnog only in Pacific Northwest.

11/3/2014 6:55 PM

Posted today! Really excited Red Cups are back! Make you think of the holidays! Super excited for Chestnut Praline :)

11/3/2014 8:16 PM

I don't have Instagram. But can I post on Facebook?

11/3/2014 8:31 PM

Just posted. Had fun taking my picture with my kids.

11/3/2014 9:01 PM

I posted my photo!!!

11/3/2014 9:03 PM

I posted my photo!!!

11/3/2014 10:39 PM

I went to my Starbucks in Saturday-so excited for a peppermint mocha in a red cup. They said they aren't using them until they run out of the white cups. SAY WHAT?!

I can't tell you how much my big moment was ruined.

caramel frapp
11/4/2014 12:28 AM

I posted my photo.

caramel frapp
11/4/2014 12:29 AM

I posted my photo. I hope to win.

caramel frapp
11/4/2014 12:47 AM

I posted my photo.

11/4/2014 4:56 PM

Posted my photo earlier but too late for contest.  My Starbucks like many others won't use the red cups until the white run out.  I couldn't get a red cup until this morning :/

11/4/2014 8:38 PM

I had fun finding a special way to share the first time I took a sip out of the red cups!! I enjoyed every moment and I love going to starbucks as it always makes the day a happier day!!

11/4/2014 8:53 PM

Posted mine 11/2/14 instagram: queenburzum

i hope i win! thanks!

11/5/2014 12:14 AM

Hell yeah Good luck and Love Starbucks!!! iG: emyztik

11/5/2014 1:47 AM

I think this idea was great!I had so much fun snapping pictures of the red cup :)

11/5/2014 7:25 AM

Posted mine while sitting at Starbucks working on my calculus homework. As a struggling older student this would be the best win. Starbucks is my go to study place. Such a nice atmosphere :-) good luck everyone!

11/5/2014 11:11 AM

Submitted my photo while have some Starbucks with my son before church it's something that we do together on sundays❤️ Best of luck to everyone.

11/5/2014 12:15 PM

I really wish this contest would have gone on a little longer! I had a really great idea but oh well!! 😡

11/5/2014 2:02 PM

My Starbucks didn't get Redcups in until yesterday. If you are going to have a contest maybe should have the entries open for just a little longer to allow all your establishment time to receive redcups. I feel a little cheated on this time frame.

However, it won't make me stop buying my coffee. Love my Starbucks and coffee, plus the food is great as well.

11/5/2014 2:54 PM

Submitted my photo 11/3/14 :)

11/5/2014 3:08 PM

Took a shot after packed up all Halloween decor.and opened up Christmas box   (yeye2188) . .hope to win. 💟.

11/5/2014 3:10 PM

Posted a few photos...looking forward to reading the blog on the winner!

11/5/2014 3:18 PM

Doh!  Posted last night, one day late (but the drink was yummy as ever)!

11/5/2014 3:22 PM

I am excited to see if my sandman made the cut! 😘😁⛄️☕️

11/5/2014 4:09 PM

Posted my pic while boxing up Halloween decor and unboxing the next one.. (yeye2188)   check my pic out...canty wait to see the wining pics..

11/5/2014 4:13 PM

Kind of upset at the fact that I knew about this contest, go to Starbucks every day and have been searching high and low for redcups only to be told they didn't have them out yet or weren't using them yet and when I finally find a place that does its past the contest dates :/ aren't starbucks regulated and managed to be the same? My chances to participate were blocked by 4 different Starbucks in my area :/

11/5/2014 4:37 PM

When will you guys announce the winners?

11/5/2014 9:06 PM

Here's hoping that a silver card is headed my way.    

11/5/2014 10:19 PM

Has anyone gotten or seen an answer about certain Starbucks not having the red cups? Very disappointed to not have the opportunity to participate in this contest!

11/5/2014 10:47 PM

Anxious to hear who the top 5 winners were! So many lovely pics. Really enjoyed this!

11/6/2014 12:07 AM

With over 11 thousand photos tag, I doubt mine will win... But I'm excited to see the others! When will they be announced?

11/6/2014 8:05 AM

How do find out who won? With that many entries I doubt my entry won. Can't wait to see the winners.

11/6/2014 8:26 AM

Fun to share my Starbucks addiction LOL! Fun way to engage with fellow Starbucks lovers!

11/6/2014 8:39 AM

*sigh* There should be a disclaimer in huge letters that says READ THE FINE PRINT. This post says all you have to do is use the hash tag #redcupcontest. But if you read through the entire "terms and conditions" page, it says you also have to tag the starbucks instagram account in your comments section. That's step two. Honestly, if that was a requirement to be in the contest, it should have been mentioned in Doug's post up there ^.

11/6/2014 9:57 AM

*sigh* There should be a disclaimer in huge letters that says READ THE FINE PRINT. This post says all you have to do is use the hash tag #redcupcontest. But if you read through the entire "terms and conditions" page, it says you also have to tag the starbucks instagram account in your comments section. That's step two. Honestly, if that was a requirement to be in the contest, it should have been mentioned in Doug's post up there ^.

11/6/2014 10:08 AM

Yes this was absolutely a fun contest!!!!! When will the winners be announced??? I've been patiently yet anxiously waiting to see!!! Good luck to all that submitted photos!!

11/6/2014 2:03 PM

Whoop whoop!

I posted mine right on Nov 1 :D

and I read the fine print




11/6/2014 2:06 PM

oh that fine print though

11/6/2014 2:28 PM

If someone plagiarized my photo submission will it be disqualified?

11/6/2014 2:46 PM

O.o I'm sorry, I didn't realize my comment posted twice!

11/6/2014 3:12 PM

So thank you Frostie23 for pointing out what most of us didn't know. Remind me never to enter another contest without reading the fine print. Whoever wrote the post should have given ALL the requirements. Thanks for nothing.

11/6/2014 5:22 PM

Neat contest!  Thank you, Starbucks!  I believe in personal responsibility, but I, too, am very bummed that the steps were listed as if those were all we needed to do, when in fact they were not.  Often, Terms & Conditions are legal mumbo jumbo that people don't really read, and in this blog, we had rules that were really portrayed as, "Here are the steps," not just here are some of the steps.  Here's to hoping that this misleading mistake can be taken into account for those of us who need it!  Either way, may your Christmas be merry!  <3

11/6/2014 5:23 PM

(From @StephKC) :)

11/6/2014 5:41 PM

Looking forward to hearing who won. Ollie my cockatoo keeps asking me ...whats ya doing...and I keep telling him checking to see if we won. Lol

11/6/2014 5:56 PM

I posted a submission Early in the game, and enjoyed looking at other submissions :)... I  noticed that a few people blatantly took others photos and posted them as their own. I hope that the Original artist doesn't have to pay for someone else's poor choice.

11/6/2014 7:19 PM

You're welcome, Sususubie. And you are 100% right, they should have posted all of the requirements upfront and not hidden behind some link that most people aren't likely to click on. Either way, good luck to whoever managed to read the fine print in time.

11/6/2014 7:38 PM

oh no. Why are the steps to enter different in the post (Add hashtag #redcupcontest only) and in the fine print (Add hashtag #redcupcontest and tag @starbucks)??? Does this mean all entries who didn't tag starbucks on their initial post between nov1-3 are disqualified already?

11/6/2014 7:46 PM

^^^'Terms and Conditions' link right there.

Good luck to all of us!

11/6/2014 8:18 PM

Yeah! I missed that but I did it anyway.

11/6/2014 8:32 PM

@jschlotzhauer, that's a good question. I noticed that some people blatantly took others submissions and posted them as their own. I sure hope the Original photographer doesn't have to pay for someone else's poor choice.

11/7/2014 2:36 PM

Does anyone know when they announce the winners? Thank you and Best Regards!

11/7/2014 7:42 PM

I think if Starbucks has it narrowed down to their favorite photos, they would double check to make sure that no duplicates of them were posted in the 11/1 - 11/3 time frame. And if there were, make sure the oldest time-stamped picture wins, and all others disqualified  (and blocked by Starbucks Instagram acount for being cheaters and poor sports). At least, that would be the right way to do it.

11/9/2014 3:34 PM

You mean there was another hashtag other than #redcupcontest ? That is so unfair for them not to tell us that in this post!

11/16/2014 9:00 PM

When or where do they announce the winners for this contest?

11/18/2014 7:19 PM

Any word on the winners??

11/19/2014 10:00 PM

I been checking daily, when will they announce the winner of the redcupcontest?

12/2/2014 5:53 PM

Have the winners been decided on yet???

12/2/2014 5:54 PM

Have the winners been decided on yet???

12/2/2014 5:55 PM

Have the winners been chosen yet?

11/7/2015 11:04 AM

Who won the contest?

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