Woodward’s Windows: A Walk Back in Time

Window display (Hastings and Abbott)

The historic Woodward’s Christmas Windows are back for the first time in 17 years!

This holiday season you can take a walking tour of the charming displays in six different locations, including in the newly restored Woodward’s building (Hastings and Abbot).

I’m not at an age to remember the Christmas windows, so taking the tour with my mom the other day was more like a history lesson than nostalgia for me. My mom used to work as a sales clerk at Woodwards in the housewares department back in the ‘70s. She fondly remembers how extremely popular the windows were and how much people were drawn to them this time of year.

The windows were a big deal, at a time when everyone shopped at the department store, especially on $1.49 days. When the department store closed in 1993, Canada Place bought the windows to preserve the heritage.

One of the windows is located at the Vancouver Christmas Market, (Cambie and Georgia). It’s a traditional German Christmas festival with great food and live music; it’s on until Dec. 24.

Richard Webster and his daughter Angie

At the market I met Richard Webster and his daughter, 2-year-old Angie, who had just finished taking the walking tour. They were there to watch Angie’s mom sing that night at the festival; very fitting as they looked at the carol singers window display.

Dec. 1-24, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. the windows will come alive. If you download the map and take the quiz you can enter to win a 9-day/ 8-night B.C. Ferries Vacations family trip for four.

Here’s a peak at some of the windows from the past. I’d love to hear your fond memories of any of the displays!

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