2015’s best Christmas windows from around the world

In the northern hemisphere, November heralds in the festive season with iconic department stores pulling out all the stops in an attempt to create the most talked-about Christmas window of the year.

In the U.K., Harvey Nichols has pulled together more than 500,000 flakes of glitter, 300,000 sequins, 15,000 gift boxes, 620 balls and 540 baubles; bringing to life a theme of ‘disco-glam’.

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In contrast, Fortnum & Mason opted for a traditional scene in collaboration with Kristjana S Williams. Reindeer, instruments and festive food that are complemented by Williams’ intricately painted geese, puddings and sweets take centerstage. Filling 21 windows, Williams’ designs have been turned into 3D dreamlike scenes with 300 owls, roosters and macaws adorned with gems and headdresses.

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Selfridges took an alternative approach this year through a mystical ‘Journey to the Stars’ theme, focusing on constellations and astrology. In fact, staff working on the windows took courses in astrology at Greenwich observatory and an astrologer came to talk to the team.
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Meantime, Harrods played to childhood delights with larger than life toys acting out scenes in the ‘Once Upon a Christmas’ theme featuring the return of Peter Pumpernickel.

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Across the Atlantic Ocean, iconic retailer Bergdorf Goodman stepped up the glamour of the New York windows with a ‘Brilliant Holiday’ theme, using more than seven million Swarovski Crystals. Windows such as ‘Glitterati’, ‘The Crystal Ball’ and other scenes depict caves through to underwater mystique.

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Meantime, Barneys created a 35-foot ice locker to house two frozen window installations, with ice carvers creating statues, among them frozen penguins, cityscapes and snowflakes.

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Saks Fifth Avenue windows feature dreamlike scenes ‘floating’ on fluffy clouds and bathed in soft blue lights, while Bloomingdale’s brought ‘bloom’ to life, with hundreds of florals creating holiday vignettes in each window.

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