2010-12-19

My Town Monday - Christmas Windows on Whyte

Back to Old Strathcona we go. Not to see the architecture or the murals this time, but, to see the Christmas displays that they have put up in a few of the windows. They call it The Return of the Magic and I was quite impressed, never having seen this as a child.

The last large scale animatronic display in Edmonton was sometime in the '60's, according to the history on the site. Even if my parents had manage to take us kids down town to have a look, I would have been but a babe in arms. Sorry for the poor quality photos, but please click to enlarge.













This last one was my favourite. I have linked each title to it's own page on the website, each page has a link to a story on the making of the display and a soundtrack to go with the scenes. Quite a lot of effort went into making these displays and I am proud to have them in my city. 

The only thing I think would have made them better would have been music outside each store. There were a number of people that just walked by without even a glance, in spite of the three of us oohing and snapping photos. Yes, they provided more than one method to get the MP3 files, but I know myself, I didn't have enough room to download all of them for one night and several people I know do not even own them. That is minor though and we quite enjoyed ourselves.

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Have a good day all.

12 comments:

the Bag Lady said...

Those are all lovely! Thanks for sharing, and helping put me in the Christmas mood! :)

Reb said...

Thanks Sis. I'm glad it put you in the spirit.

Scott Oglesby said...

Wow, these are all amazing in their detail. They do a window display in this little Spanish village but it’s literally one window. I love what you guys have, thanks for the fantastic shots!

And if I don’t ‘talk’ to you again, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

kcinnova said...

Wonderful! I'm glad you went to see them and then shared them with us. :)

Leah J. Utas said...

Reb, those are wonderful. Such a lot of work goes into them.

messymimi said...

What fun! Thank you for sharing, you brought a smile to me this morning.

Reb said...

Thanks Scott. They are amazing. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you also.

Karen, thanks. It was a fun evening.

Leah, it certainly is a lot of work. Thanks.

Messymimi, thanks. I am glad I made you smile.

Hilary said...

These are great, Reb. You can see how much effort went into making them. Your photos show them off well.

solarity said...

The bears! They're all wonderful, but I want to dance with the bears.

Mary Anne in Kentucky

Reb said...

Thanks Hilary, yes a tremendous effort was made for them all.

Mary Ann, I want to eat the Candy Land kids :)

debra said...

It's been a while since I've been here---it's good to be back. Love these photos!

Reb said...

Thanks Debra. It's been awhile since I did an MTM too ;)