Thursday, 15 December 2011

MYER MELBOURNE CHRISTMAS WINDOWS

Taking the family to see the Myer Christmas Windows display is a Melbourne tradition. The Myer Christmas Windows (Myer Department Store’s gift to the city of Melbourne), will celebrate its 56th year of production in 2011, with the highly anticipated unveiling of this year’s top-secret theme having taken place on Friday 4th November.  Each year over one million Australians and overseas visitors view the iconic Myer Christmas Windows to see the specially selected theme – chosen from a story book, nursery rhyme, a film or even the theatre – brought to life in an animation spectacular that ignites the imagination and Christmas spirit in all.  Each year the new theme of the Christmas Windows remains a heavily guarded secret while the clever artists, animators and craftspeople are creating their magic for over six months to bring this Christmas tradition to Myer’s many Christmas visitors.


This year, the theme is the Christmas song "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". The story of Santa's journey 'to town', which was created in 1934, comes alive across six windows. This animated spectacular has been inspired by the style and colour of the 1950s, evident in the design of the 114 characters in the windows, which have been individually sculptured, immaculately costumed and finished with hard wigs and intricately applied make-up.


The best time to see the windows is very early in the morning, as in this picture! During the day and until late, there are long queues of people (with armfuls of children) waiting to parade past the display.

This post is part of the Signs, Signs meme.


18 comments:

  1. I love decorated windows! These look really nice. :)

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  2. I did a lot of shopping at Meyers on the Gold coast.

    This morning, we heard the news that Princes Charles and his wife will come to NZ. I am not happy, why can't Prince William and Kate come instead????? You in Oz have all the luck.

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  3. I love the hollow perspective of the streetscape! You can feel the pause before the crowds invade! Lovely view of the Meyer window context!

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  4. The Christmas windows are quite magical for kids.

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  5. How wonderful that they decorate magical windows every year for Christmas!

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  6. I love animated windows! Really like their Meyer sign and the zig zag canopy.

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  7. I like the stage for these animations. Will we get a closer look?

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  8. I love Christmas windows. I haven't been to see the ones in Toronto yet.

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  9. this is so neat, love the structures where the sign is posted...

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  10. I like this photo of Myer's Christmas windows. Every year the spirit of Christmas is kept alive by this Melbourne tradition.

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  11. Looks like a good place to hang out and shop!

    Signs

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  12. i was in the city the day these were unveiled
    supposedly at 7.30am in the morning but in the end they weren't open till lunchtime and by then the crowds were too thick
    dontcha hate it when santa is late
    bah-humbug

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  13. i love looking at window displays. the zigzag canopy is eye-catching,too. great capture.

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  14. The best time to go anywhere near the shops at this time of the year is crack of dawn Nick, a sort of a 'crazy' comes over everyone! Great shot of the Myers window, I was in the city last week and I didn't notice if our Myers has a display or not.

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  15. Great picture -- thanks for getting up early to catch it. We used to love to visit the closest big city when our kids were little, so we could all look at the Christmas window displays (I think we enjoyed it as much or more than they did!)

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  16. Not too little and not too much...just right. They are lovely. The street with those 2 windows is so festive. I like the away the metal benches glisten with the light.vThe perfect post for this week. genie

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  17. You were lucky to photograph it without the crowd.the queues have been phenomenal this year.

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  18. What a great idea from a department store! I am glad that they haven't bowed to political correctness and not decoarate for Christmas!

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