Woodward’s Windows: A Vancouver Christmas tradition

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Tis the season for window shopping and Woodward’s Windows are the traditional destination for festive Vancouver families. Holiday window displays became popular at the turn of the century—the birth of department stores. From the 1950s onward, department stores stepped up their game, using holiday window displays to tell special Christmas stories.

There are six nostalgic and playful Woodward’s Windows for Christmas 2011, including Santa loading his sleigh, old fashioned caroling and teddy bears in their den. The windows are located at Canada Place and throughout downtown, including the historic location of Woodward’s department store at Abbot and Hastings.

Families who visit all six locations can enter to win a $2000 shopping spree. Get the Woodward’s Windows map and contest details after the jump.

Why are there still Woodward’s Windows although Woodward’s department store is closed?

When Woodward’s closed in 1993, Canada Place decided to buy the windows and keep the magic alive. The result: Adults who grew up visiting Woodward’s Christmas Windows can swing by with their families and start the tradition with a new generation.

Woodward's Window map

Technology and tradition: Woodward Windows’ contest app

Yes, there’s an app for that. Download the Woodward’s Window app and use it to geolocate each window.  As you approach each window, you check in and collect the hidden digital ornament at each of the locations. Once you’ve collected all six digital ornaments you can immediately enter for $2000 shopping spree to London Drugs.

Alternatively, enter by printing the contest form and answering a trivia question about each window as you visit. When you finish, just drop the form in a contest box at any Woodward’s Windows location.

Woodward’s Windows details

Woodward’s Windows are a part of the Christmas at Canada Place magic, which supports Strathcona Community Centre’s Food Security for Children. Woodward’s Windows are free (donations welcome) and open through January 4. See the times of each display here. See Dana’s full list of free holiday fun in Vancouver here.

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