Woodward’s Christmas Windows
Saturday morning (such a perfect sunny Vancouver morning) I headed out to check out all six Woodward’s Christmas windows. The Woodward’s Windows were a holiday tradition in the 1960’s. When the Woodward’s building closed in 1993 Canada Place began incorporating the displays into their own Xmas windows. This year the Shops at Bentall Center, BC Ferries Vacations and Creatix Studios along with Christmas at Canada place have brought the displays back.
View the Flickr Set – http://www.flickr.com/photos/ckgolfsolutions/sets/72157625404539879/
Six Vancouver Walkable Locations
From Coal Harbour (Georgia & Cardero) all six window locations can be seen in an hour long leisurely walk. If you live closer to any location the whole loop is about 40 minutes with stops for photos. The windows at Bentall One (Bookstore) and Three (Santa’s Workshop) and BC Ferries (Candlestick Factory) are designed to be viewed from both inside and out. Being a Saturday morning all three buildings were closed so I could only view the displays from the outside. I would suggest going on a week day to get the better inside views. The window display at Canada Place (Teddy Bears) is located in the Information booth in front of the building and can be viewed from all sides. The display at Queen Elizabeth Theatre (Musicians) is actually not attached to the building because of the Vancouver Christmas Market but is rather a smaller display set up along the border of the market in a separate structure along Georgia Street between Cambie and Hamilton.
The final window I went to see was at the Woodward’s building itself. And would you believe I could not find it! I walked around the entire outside of the building and then I went inside and asked staff at both London Drugs and Nesters. Neither had any idea of what I was talking about. I again walked the block along Abbott Street and took a few window display pictures but these were not part of the series I was looking for. After coming home I looked up a few articles and found out that the Woodward’s window is in JJ Bean which I believe is in the inner courtyard of the development.
I have to admit that the windows were not as impressive as I expected. My favorite was the BC Ferries window – Candlestick Factory for its vibrant colors and moving parts. However, last year I did my own similar tour of window displays throughout the Westend and other parts of downtown and some were quite impressive.
View the Flick Set of the 2010 Woodward’s Windows here.
View Vancouver’s Christmas Spirit Photos – 2009 here.