The festive displays that you and your little ones will love
Posted: 14 December 2010
by Claire Hadley
The Christmas windows of London’s leading emporia always conjure up that traditional festive spirit. This year Harrods' have taken inspiration from P.J. Hogan's 2003 adaptation of Peter Pan and feature an array of pirate ships, buried treasure and mermaids. Look out for the lovely scene where Peter Pan reaches through an open window for Wendy's hand. The Fortnum & Mason windows are a veritable feast of indulgence. Inspired by famous foodie paintings from the National Gallery’s collection, the display features an abundance of food and drink positioned inside large gilded frames. It’s a great way to combine a little artistic learning with your Christmas shop.
Selfridges is renowned for creating some of the most stunning Christmas window displays in town. This year's toy shop themed windows feature modern versions of traditional toys such as fuzzy felt and train sets. A special window filled with brightly coloured cut-out figures, has been designed and built with the help of children from the charity Kids Company.
Hamleys’ windows tell the story of a family of bears enjoying a range of Christmas activities, from carol singing to eating Christmas dinner. The bears are animatronics, which swing from light fixtures and rock on their chairs. Hamleys’ employees greet the children at the door, dressed in traditional Victorian costumes.If you fancy something a little bit quieter (and to avoid the Christmas high street rush), then Bonpoint is definitely worth a visit. The feature window depicts a traditional Christmas scene of baby Jesus in the manger. Finally, take a trip to Liberty to visit their quirky, make-believe world, where windows evoke shades of the storybook classic Alice in Wonderland. A multi-coloured caterpillar with a doll's head crawls across iconic Liberty print cushions and textiles, and a sparkly frog sits in a pit of Christmas baubles, catching butterflies with his tongue.
Click through the gallery above to see some of our favourites.
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