Unless you have been hiding under a rock this month, it's more than likely you will have been shopping. However, December is a time when window shopping gets taken to a whole new level. We are taking you on a whistle-stop tour of some of the most breathtaking and extravagant Christmas window displays around the world.
To help you recreate a truly evocative Christmassy experience - click on the above sound track to have the classic Tchaikovsky Nutcracker accompanying this particular Blog post!
Kicking off in London, the Selfridge's festive theme revolves around storytelling- with an aim to feature the greatest enchanted stories ever told. Worlds of fantasy, fairytales and legend are recreated with the oldest tale featured being Sleeping Beauty (over 300 years old). Rapunzel and The Golden Goose are shown here.
Crossing The Atlantic to New York, where arguably it is the city that really lives up to it's reputation when it comes to Christmas Retail. The N.Y institution, Bergdorf Goodman is legendary when it comes to it's Christmas Windows and attributes the word 'Inspire' as the driving force behind the creative approach. Designed by David Hoey and focusing on The Arts, the windows feature literature, architecture (seen below) theatre, painting, music, dance, sculpture and film. The architecture display is made up entirely of old blueprints and paper to stunning effect.
The desire to delight, inspire and surprise was also evident at another N.Y store Barney's. Here the prolific creative Australian partnership of Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin (dual Oscar-winning Director and Costume Designer) were responsible for the creative development of the windows.
Featuring both live performances and mechanical wizardry, prepare to be Baz-Dazzled as the windows take you on a journey exploring love, truth, beauty and freedom.
There is another Aussie making waves in New York right now too - the super talented lighting designer Christopher Boots from Melbourne. We love his work and obviously so do Hermés who commissioned him to design a lighting installation around the theme of Metamorphosis for their New York Boutique.
Staying with the Australian connection - specifically Melbourne, where a visit to The Myer Christmas Window displays is a tradition for many (an estimated 1.2 million to be precise). The theme this year is Santa Claus and the Three Bears where animated puppets bring the displays to life for the children and families who make the trip each year to see them.
Back on the other side of the world in Paris, the destination department store Printemps has a distinctly English theme courtesy of Fashion house Burberry. 'The Magical Journey' by Burberry features the story of a boy with his teddy bear, travelling from the flagship Burberry London store, to Printemps in Paris. As a sign of the times, the windows have interactive elements, with visitors being able to connect via Wifi to control various aspects (sound & actions) within the displays.
Our final destination is back where we started in London, at perhaps the most famous Department Store in the World - Harrods. Celebrating the festive season with windows of Make-Believe, where magical mice arrive to help Father Christmas transform the store into it's Christmas masterpiece.
We'd love it if the Harrods Magical Mice could transport us to London, N.Y. and Paris to get our festive dose of retail therapy this year - have you got a favourite amongst them?