Gingerbread Friends, the Melbourne Myer Christmas window display

On  a recent trip to Melbourne I experienced the joy of seeing the Myer Christmas window display, we have nothing like this on the Gold Coast so it is a real pleasure to see the effort that some will make to bring delight to children and the young at heart during the festive season. The tradition started 58 years ago and the display is on show from November through to early January, to see the display costs nothing but a little time, the queue can be quite long but you will be entertained by the story and a few street buskers as you wait.

This year the animated window display has been created around the theme ‘Gingerbread Friends’ by the American children’s author, Jan Brett. Gingerbread Friends tells the story of a little Gingerbread child as he goes on an somewhat perilous adventure to find a friend only to discover that he already has plenty of friends at home. Taking photographs with my phone wasn’t easy thanks to the presence of so many reflections, with any luck you’ll get the chance to see them for yourselves or hopefully you have wonderful Christmas window displays in your home town.


16 thoughts on “Gingerbread Friends, the Melbourne Myer Christmas window display

    • twoblackdoggies November 27, 2013 / 3:01 pm

      It is pretty amazing and makes me feel like a child again 🙂

      • queenzdesire12 November 27, 2013 / 3:02 pm

        ohh cool 🙂 Remembering an old days is always feel like an awesome !!

  1. Misaki November 26, 2013 / 6:59 pm

    Those are incredible!

    • twoblackdoggies November 27, 2013 / 3:02 pm

      They are indeed, a lot of creative and dedicated people must work very hard to pull off such a wonderful sight.

  2. anyone4curryandotherthings November 26, 2013 / 11:29 pm

    what a joy (and incredible work by the Store) for the children and adults alike. We miss this kind of display here – we have a great wealth of local artists, but sadly nobody does anything about making use of this. So sad – some shops just dont seem to grasp the fact, that if you have a beautifully decorated window, people WILL stop, look and most likely come inside. Next month, we will just look, photograph, look and photograph next month lots of the beautiful displays in Bangkok.

    • twoblackdoggies November 27, 2013 / 3:07 pm

      It is a joy to see and especially to see the wonder in children’s eyes as they progress along the line and get the whole story. Sadly many Christmas celebrations and decorations have been minimised by a desire to be politically correct and not offend residents who do not celebrate Christmas so seeing these displays is even more special. I can’t wait to see your photographs of displays in Bangkok, that will be an amazing and joyous experience for you.

  3. Sheila November 27, 2013 / 1:37 am

    Fun! I like the ones of the gingerbread man dancing on an orange and using a rooster to pull his sleigh. A gingerbread man adventure is a great idea for a story. We don’t have displays like that around here, but now you’ve put me in the Christmas spirit and I’m even looking forward to snow!

    • twoblackdoggies November 27, 2013 / 3:11 pm

      I think dancing on an orange one was one of my favourites as well, he is such a cute Gingerbread baby. We don’t really have displays in our area unless some of the individual shops decorate their windows, it often doesn’t feel like Christmas until I walk into a store decorated with tinsel and trees with carols being played but I’ll be putting up our tree on December 1 and driving my husband nuts playing Elvis’ Christmas Carols. A white Christmas would be nice, here it is likely to be 34 degrees celsius and humid.

      • Sheila November 28, 2013 / 1:18 am

        I love Elvis’ Christmas Carols too! Hope you’ll be able to keep cool there somehow. Maybe dreaming of snow will help.

  4. Jackie Cangro November 30, 2013 / 4:24 am

    What a charming and heartwarming display. I love how the story unfolds in images. No words needed.

  5. restlessjo December 1, 2013 / 8:01 pm

    We have a store called Fenwicks in Newcastle-on-Tyne that’s done this type of thing every Christmas for as long as I can remember, Sam. It’s a highlight every year 🙂

    • twoblackdoggies December 2, 2013 / 5:30 pm

      You are so lucky, that sounds delightful and I wish we could see more of that sort of thing.

  6. George Weaver December 9, 2013 / 10:32 am

    The windows are all wonderful! I loved them all.

    • twoblackdoggies December 9, 2013 / 2:32 pm

      They are wonderful, such a beautiful time of year 🙂

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