Last night we took the girls to see the windows at David Jones in town. David Jones, for those who don't know, is a department store (not only Australia's oldest department store - established in 1838 - but the oldest department store in the world still trading under its original name!) famous for their Christmas window displays.
My photos definitely do not do it justice. Almost every figure moves in time with the Christmas music and every window has a different scene and different carols playing. The best way to describe it is enchanting.
The details are just divine. Look at the monks ringing their bells;
Then look below their feet at the little mice ringing their own bells underneath the floorboards and below that, the church goers assembled in front of the priest and the stained glass windows;
Incredible! I also loved this scene, set in The Rocks, Sydney.
All the figures in the windows remind me of the puppets in the Christmas specials that used to be on TV when I was a child.
David Jones also have a staff choir that performs daily at 9am for half an hour, up until Christmas Eve. It is definitely worth visiting the Elizabeth Street store to see the windows, and if you go in the morning, you could catch the live choir singing too. Beautiful!
We also made sure we saw the Martin Place Christmas Tree;
"The most iconic Christmas tree in the City. The Martin Place Christmas tree is 21 metres high and includes 58,000 LED lights, more than 300 stars and a 1500mm seven pointed shimmering tree top star"
I must admit it made me a bit nostaglic for New York;
I love NY at Christmas time (or anytime)
We got a blurry family photo underneath the 'Love' banner;