It’s a tradition that has existed for close to 100 years. For decades, The Hudson’s Bay Company at Yonge Street and Queen Street present a special Christmas display in their windows to celebrate the holiday season. As a child, I can recall heading into the city to see the displays with my parents. As life progressed forward, I would take my own children to see the displays. My story is not unlike many other Torontonians. Indeed, the Bay Christmas windows are a common bond that many can share.
The nostalgic and sentimental artistic animations along Queen Street have been around since 1914 and past themes have been Victorian, futuristic and a variety of others. During the 1970s and 1980s, two major giants, The Bay and The Simpsons, actually competed with their Christmas window decorations. These scenes are filled with comfort and color. As you stroll by the windows the views are matched with the sound of Christmas carols. If you can’t make it to Toronto to see them fear not….. enjoy the slide show.