One of my favorite memories during the holidays growing up was getting dressed up and going to “the City” or San Francisco with my mom and sisters to see the holiday windows! I’d have to wear a dress, tights and my mary janes, so I knew it was a big event.
Peeking into these imaginative window displays was like entering into a different world – glittery trees, toys, lights, clothes, dressed up manaquins, trains, music and so much more. The windows with animatronics or moving elements were the best!
I even had the opportunity to see the holiday windows in New York City one year. How magical!
As my kids have gotten older, I’ve realized, sadly, I haven’t carried on this tradition. Things seem different. So much holiday shopping is done online… and malls can seem maddening… but I’m here to say, elaborate, creative holiday window displays are still going on. Perhaps it’s not too late to salvage my wonderful childhood tradition after all!
Holiday Window Shopping Around the World
Below are several links to some of the best holiday window shopping:
If you get a chance to go holiday window shopping be sure to pop a sketchbook in your pocket! Quickly sketch the windows or unique elements of the display that catch your eye, or simply capture the festive holiday color palette. (Many window designers use non-traditional color palettes that still evoke that holiday spirit.) Add notes near your sketch about how the display makes you feel. Is it nostalgic or magical? Is it super trendy or avant garde? If sketching isn’t your thing, snap a few pictures, and please send me an email with your impressions. I’d love to see your adventure!