Fenwick’s Christmas Windows are a magical Christmas window display. Every year Fenwick put on a Christmas window display in their store on Northumberland Street in Newcastle. The theme is a closely guarded secret until the windows are unveiled in November and is different each year.
Have you got your Christmas decorations up yet? Every year I spot several houses near us that go overboard with the Christmas decorations. By the first of December the houses are lit with flashing lights and the gardens are full with inflatables. There are giant snowmen, Santas and reindeer. It is cheerful to see even if it is a bit over the top. We always put our Christmas decorations up a bit later. I don’t like having them up too long.
One Christmas display that I look forward to every year is the Christmas window display at Fenwick. For many people in the North East the extravagant window display heralds the start of Christmas. It is an annual tradition to visit the windows and find out what the theme is. Long queues form down the street and children press their noses up against the glass in their excitement. Inside the windows are 3D scenes, moving puppets and scenery which combine with music and narration to tell a story. Every year the story is different and the theme of the windows is secret until the grand unveiling.
We made the trip to visit the windows a few days ago. Each year a trip to Fenwick’s windows bring back memories. The first time I saw the windows as a student new to Newcastle. Taking my son to visit the windows in his push chair. Bringing my parents to see the windows when they were over for my son’s birthday and he was a toddler. Fenwick’s Christmas windows are a part of life in Newcastle for many families. Every year windows from past years are remembered.
So what is the theme for this year? This year the theme is 150 years of Beatrix Potter. The windows showcase stories from the world of Beatrix Potter which literally jump out of pages. Who can forget the tales of Peter Rabbit, Jeremy Fisher and Jemima Puddleduck? In the windows they literally come to life bringing magic into the hearts of children and adults alike.
It is a lovely display as always and well worth a visit. Have you been to Fenwick’s Christmas windows yet? Let me know below.
You may also be interested in Fenwick’s window displays past and present: