Destination windows (Nov. 21)

November 20, 2007

Many people have very fond childhood memories of going downtown to see the Famous Barr window displays during the holidays, and I fully expect there will be a crowd when the displays open once again on Wednesday at 6:45 p.m., this time under the Macy’s logo.  It’s a shrewd marketing move — Macy’s across the country are getting media buzz about their displays, like the Chicago one that was on NPR this morning.  But it’s also a nice touch for our own downtown.

My kids LOVE to go downtown.  The toddler is entranced by the unaccustomed textures of granite and glass alongside him as he walks; the preschooler loves the way the buildings swallow each other up so quickly, making the skyline come alive.   I suspect that some of the wonderment about the department store windows comes from the effect downtown has on children.  I’m sure the moving characters and elaborate vignettes are cool too, and I’m curious to see them for the first time, but I mostly plan to simply stroll with the kids.

If you go to the opening, there’s a nice writeup here with all the details of which windows will have the “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” display and which will have the toy train, plus info about the children’s festival beforehand.  But the exhibit is on until early January, so there’s no rush.

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