Christmas Windows in Paris

One thing I can always count on this time of year...festive, creative, breathtaking store window displays all dressed up for Christmas here in the French capital. The girls didn't find much in the way of clothing they liked, but they sure enjoyed looking at the Christmas decorations all over Paris.

As usual, dolls jovial figurines play a major part in many of these displays. They dance, they play, and sometimes they help Santa prepare his haul. We also noticed another trend: tiny scale models of scenery and buildings cut from white cardboard. They were in the displays at Galeries Lafayettes, one of the city's iconic department stores. But they were also in the windows of other types of boutiques as well.

The dolls' photos need no words. So I'm simply putting them up for your enjoyment.

Galeries Lafayette Department Store
 Indoors, a larger than life white paper Christmas tree that spirals to the top of a stain glass dome.
 While outside in the window displays, a tiny white ship takes you to an imaginary world.

 There are polar bears galore!
 All bears work on a big machine to prepare presents galore.

 And voila....a ski jacket for humans emerges!

 Indoors, there are tiny displays. About 1/12 scale....all out of white Bristol board.
 Tiny scenery with incredibly cut details.
 A forest alongside of a grand staircase (but all in 1/12)
Adding to the feeling of North Pole chic....White paper ornaments all over the store interiors including these which drop into a boat.

Musee des Arts Decoratifs
A larger than life old fashioned typewriter in the windows of the Decorative Arts' Gift Shop.

A Jewelry Boutique
The dress is full scale, but the packages and the tiny façade of a local high fashion jeweler are all small scale!

But Christmas is also about color....

Au Printemps Department Store
 Dancing dolls take center stage in the windows of any major department store.

 Of course this store also uses figurines to hawk gifts for adults.

Bringing the outside indoors. A scale model of the store's dome was built inside of the store. Of course the dolls enjoy climbing up the side.

Bazaar de l'Hotel de Ville (BHV-Marais)
 A larger than life size Santa, enjoys sitting high atop a hill overlooking a tiny village below.
 Be careful Santa. Don't crush the locals!!!!

 The elves are on hand to help prepare toys for good girls and boys.

A Local Florist
The great thing is how even the local merchants all get into the Christmas spirit. Here's the one in my neighborhood.

A Christmas Ornament Store
 In the Passage Jouffrey (where you'll find Paris' wax museum (Musee Grevin) and two stores specializing in dollhouse miniatures), there is a store that only sells Christmas decorations, knick-knacks, home décor, and sparkly novelties. There was so much stuff in the windows, it was hard to photograph. Nonetheless, it is a treat to the eyes!

With that, we're all on a plane headed back to the US for the holidays. We didn't see clothes we liked this time around. But we did see a few details, and found some interesting fabric remnants. And it's time to start dressing our rather large community of dolls for Christmas. We'll have another post up shortly.

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