Woodward’s Christmas Windows Return

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Christmas at Canada Place is expanding this year as it presents a walking tour of downtown featuring the iconic Woodward’s Window displays. These portals of Christmases past will be set around the downtown core including an installation at the new Woodward’s building.

1900s Woodward’s. Vancouver Archives Item# CVA 677-611. Photographer: Philip T Timms.

The campaign launched this morning with an event at the TD Canada Trust located on West Hastings at Abbott. This particular window features an animated horse and cart, both original pieces from the department store’s heyday.

Woodward's Windows for 2011
Return of Woodward's Christmas Windows Return of Woodward's Christmas Windows

“You put your heart and soul into it and do it one piece at a time,” said window display creator David Rowland of Creatix Studios. Rowland has been making window displays since the 1970s and the legendary Woodward’s windows are pretty much the holy grail of the industry. He and his staff spent about 100 man hours creating the display you can see today.

Return of Woodward's Christmas Windows Return of Woodward's Christmas Windows

“The main difference is that when Woodward’s set it up it was one long shot but here we’ve had to separate [the displays] around town.” Rowland was beaming as his passion for his craft (and this project) shined through.

“We feel very strongly that the tradition that is these windows should be preserved,” added Robin Wilson of Canada Place. “It’s part of our history, it’s a part of Christmas.”

There are six stops on the walking tour including Bentall Three, Bentall One, BC Ferries Vacations, the Vancouver Christmas Market, Canada Place, and TD Canada Trust.

Woodward's Windows for 2011

To celebrate and promote these pieces, I am running a contest as a part of my sponsorship of Christmas at Canada Place.

From now until December 15th, snap a photo of any of the Woodward’s Windows and upload it to the Miss604 Pool on Flickr or post on Twitter including @CanadaPlace & @Miss604 in your message. The winner of the photo contest will get four tickets to Christmas at Canada Place’s “Breakfast with Santa” on Saturday, December 18th.

The 23rd annual Christmas at Canada Place proudly supports the Strathcona Community Centre’s Food Security for Children, an essential program that helps to feed children on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

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  1. auSaturday, December 18th, 2010 — 8:47am PST

    did you already announced the winner for the snap photo of Woodward’s Windows? thanks.

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