Saturday, November 24, 2007

Macy's Holiday Windows Drawing Crowds

The downtown Macy's has restored an old St. Louis tradition. For years, the display windows of the old Famous Barr had beautiful scenes during the holidays. Then at some point, many years ago, they stopped putting them up.

This year, Macy's has brought them back, and people are flocking to see the results. Over the summer, Federated installed new glass in all the windows. For the past couple of weeks, the windows were covered while workers prepared the scenes. Then on Thanksgiving Day, the curtains were pulled back, revealing the enchanting results.

Each scene depicts a historic holiday place and time. Some have the look of full streetscapes, others show the interiors of a room. All are done in great detail, some with moving figures.

Since their unveiling, I've been on the block on Friday at noon and last evening around six. Both times, people were headed to the see the windows, with holiday shoppers making their way around the building to see each scene. A long lost downtown tradition has returned. If you get the chance, be sure to make a trip to see them for yourself. Bring a friend!

1 comment:

stlmark said...

Thanks for the tip. We took the family downtown yesterday to view the Macy's windows. Downtown was hopping and dare I say bustling, as there was a Rams game. The windows looked great, and the kids loved it. I just got back from NYC, and I must say it renewed my appreciation for STL. We have much of the same appeal, just on a smaller scale, and with smaller scale comes less of a hassle.