How department stores are dressing up their windows this Christmas

Friday, November 21st, 2014. Filed under: Art Beauty & Style Christmas Destinations Entertainment Holidays Home & Garden
Selfridges' Christmas window for The Ugly Ducklings ©Selfridges/Andrew Meredith

Selfridges’ Christmas window for The Ugly Ducklings
©Selfridges/Andrew Meredith

(Relaxnews) – It’s that time of year again, when luxury department stores transform their storefront windows into whimsical, spirited portals to Christmas.

This year, travel experts at Cheapflights have come up with a list of the best festive window displays around the world, from London to Paris and Montreal to Melbourne.

Here’s how to armchair travel around the world over the holidays, without a magic sleigh and reindeer power:

A 'monster show' is presented in a Christmas animated shop window of the Galeries Lafayette department store. ©AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY

A ‘monster show’ is presented in a Christmas animated shop window of the Galeries Lafayette department store.
©AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY

Galeries Lafayette, Paris, France

This year, one of the most luxurious department stores in the City of Light has turned Christmas on its head, suspending an 82-foot tree from the ceiling of its 100-year-old Art Nouveau dome. To cater to knee-high visitors, gone are high-fashion mannequins draped in haute couture. Instead windows feature a colorful cast of fuzzy monsters that bring the windows to life.

Selfridges, London, England

La Maison Ogilvy's Christmas window in Montreal ©La Maison Ogilvy.

La Maison Ogilvy’s Christmas window in Montreal
©La Maison Ogilvy.

Over in London, Selfridges has decided to tap into our childhoods by revisiting 25 classic fairy tales like “Sleeping Beauty” and “Rapunzel” and giving them a ‘contemporary, luxurious twist’ via storefront displays. The in-store cinema will also be screening classic holiday films like “Pinocchio” and “It’s A Wonderful Life” over the holidays.

Macy’s, New York, USA

Macy’s owns bragging rights to having been the first department store in the city to create holiday window displays in the 1870s. After a year of planning, and 21 days of set-up, this year’s theme, ‘Santa’s Journey to the Stars,’ will be unveiled November 20.

Galeries Lafayette's Christmas tree is pictured on November 05, 2014 in Paris. ©AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY

Galeries Lafayette’s Christmas tree is pictured on November 05, 2014 in Paris.
©AFP PHOTO / BERTRAND GUAY

La Maison Ogilvy, Montreal, Canada

Founded in 1866, Montreal’s luxury department store has been creating holiday window displays since 1947. This year, dancing ducks, bears, rabbits and screaming monkeys return to inhabit ‘Mill in the Forest,’ a particularly wintry forest wonderland.

To get into the holiday spirit and excite your imagination, take a virtual tour of some of the most festive holiday window displays via Cheapflights atbit.ly/1ub6hEo.

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