Relive the magic of Ogilvy’s mechanical Christmas window displays and take part in a host of memorable family activities

In the eyes of both young and old, toys and games are inseparable from the magic of the holidays. Nothing is more infectious than the joy of children and the memory it evokes in grownups. With this in mind, the McCord Museum is offering special holiday programming until  January 5, 2020. There will be entertainment for the whole family including Ogilvy’s magnificent mechanical window displays, guided activities for the children, musical performances and in its 10th year, the McCord’s traditional toy exhibit. These will entertain the whole family and create lasting memories! Admission to the Museum is free for children twelve and under. “This time of the year is very special for us as we welcome parents and children seeking wonder and entertainment, and cherished family moments. Visitors of all ages will find something to enrich their knowledge and spark their imagination. Everyone should feel at home in our museum ” says Suzanne Sauvage, President and Chief Executive Officer of the McCord Museum.

Ogilvy’s Mechanical Holiday Window Displays until January 5

Thanks to Holt Renfrew’s donation of their iconic window displays to the McCord Museum in 2018, visitors of all ages will be delighted to see The Mill in the Forest on Victoria Street (free) and The Enchanted Village inside the Museum. These dazzling displays, a holiday tradition that goes back to 1947, feature handmade animals that come to life in a Bavarian setting. The displays, originally commissioned by the owner of Ogilvy, John Aird Nesbitt were designed by German stuffed toy manufacturer Steiff which were intended to be displayed in stores that wanted to entertain children and attract shoppers. Similar to those of other large department around the world including Macy’s in New York and the Galleries Lafayette in Paris. These window displays are among the last of their kind in North America.

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