The holidays aren't complete in Paris without a visit to the Galeries Lafayette, where each year the Christmas tree, lavish decorations and enchanting window displays are absolute show stoppers. Just step inside the glass domed atrium to find a 60 foot tree suspended right in the center. Stunning! This year the gorgeous tree was created by Swatch, and a clock design runs through many of the designs this year with the theme being “Once upon a Christmas … Before the Clock Strikes Twelve.” Be sure to take a break from holiday shopping on the hour when the village comes to life with characters and animals dancing about around the base of the tree. Magical!
Outside the windows feature Lilly the doll and Martin the bear as they go galavanting through whimsical winter settings, have lavish parties and fun with hundreds of animated dolls, bears, mice and a whole host of characters. When I went to see the windows recently they had captured the imagination of crowds of adults and children alike.
It's hard to show in photos just how captivating and fun the windows are this year at Galeries Lafayette! You can catch a glimpse of them in motion in the preview video below from the grand opening of the Christmas windows this year.
There is so much to see in each window and everything is in motion! It was so fun watching little kids ooh and ahh over the scenes. Parents had to pull their kids away from each window to see the next!
One of my favorites was a sweet scene with Lilly and Martin surrounded by a group of mice playing dress up, hiding and dancing around the bedroom. So cute!
It's easy to get caught up in the captivating scenes and the story being told across the windows. The details were fantastic … and I can't imagine how long it took to get everything in motion working perfectly!
Clocks here and clocks there … it's almost midnight!
Look at all the cute little details in the windows. You can see why children just loved watching everything move and dance and play!
If you're in Paris this holiday season, don't miss the chance to see the magical Christmas windows at Galeries Lafayette!
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