Hooray! It’s time for my annual round-up of festive displays of wonder spotted on my travels. Would it be terrible if I confess this is my always my favourite Advent blog post? I start collecting images to share with you from the moment the festive displays start appearing and it is always tricky to condense the selection I snap down into a rounded edit. Anyhow, here’s my not quite so condensed pick of delights spotted this year.
Fortnum’s and Mason are renowned for their opulent Christmas windows and this year is no exception with displays akin to opening a treasure chest filled with gold, jewels and indulgent treats of wonder!
Various grand streets and arcades put on the most wonderful displays:
Bond Street keeps it subtle with peacock feather festooned diamonds…
And the pretty lights of The Ivy Christmas trees sparkle through their beautiful coloured glass windows:
I love the winter moon window display of perfumiers Floris in Jermyn Street:
Once again I have fallen for the charms of door wreaths mostly caused by a hankering to actually own my own front door just so I can hang a wreath on it at Christmas! Whilst the F&M wreaths are probably also some of the blingiest in the biz, there are always lots of pretty ones to be spotted…
In Covent Garden there are plenty of opportunities to steal a kiss under any one of the mistletoe branches hanging from the ceiling underneath a whole sky of shimmering glitter ball stars:
In John Lewis you will find brussel sprout trees and mobiles along with the slightly more dubious ‘Christmas trees’ which remind me of loo brushes!
I love seeing the various trees across London. The famous Trafalgar Square tree may win in height but I just can’t love the straight lights which adorn it every year and much prefer to see a random jumble of twinkly garlands. One year I may sneak into the square with a cherry picker and mess them up just to prove a point that it would look much better decorated in this way!
Winner of the most inventive tree this year goes to a bridal shop in our village where the tree has become the dress!
Ballet shoes appear on trees at the homes of both big central London ballet companies. At the Royal Opera House, glitter encrusted slippers with handwritten messages from supporters of the ROH Pointe Shoe Appeal, sparkle on the tree in the Paul Hamlyn Hall and there is a charming video of dancers from the company gracefully decorating the tree.
I think this year though the English National Ballet may have beaten the ROH into second place with their amazing pointe shoe tree:
Over 500 pairs of shoes were donated by dancers from the company and many bear handwritten messages. It is quite a spectacle to behold and a time-lapse video shows how it was constructed.
Over at The Delaunay Counter I have been completely charmed by their marzipan snow scene complete with Father Christmas on a train…
There is a wonderful post over on the Creative Review blog featuring photographs and stories behind some of the most spectacular festive window displays in London and New York and as always I would love to hear from you with any spectacular (or less spectacular) festive displays you may have spotted.