Saturday, November 22, 2008

Santa Claus has come to Selfridges

With the credit crunch looming, stores across London are coming up with all sort of gimmicks in hope to persuade shoppers part with their money. Marks & Spencer held a pre-Christmas 20% off chain wide discount on 20th November, more than a month ahead of Christmas.

Selfridges at Oxford Street, known for its extravagant window displays, has once again thrilled London's high street shoppers with Santa Claus in various poses (with much of Selfridges' merchandise) in its 18 windows displays.

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Apparently, that proved to be a hit with the locals and tourists. I had to jostle with a sizable crowd at each window when I was there a couple of hours ago.

I present to you, the 18 Santas of Selfridges.

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15 comments:

Travel Over 30s said...

Nice post! I miss the London shops with their lights - its something to see especially when its dark at 4pm. Here in Australia its light until late and the shops don't have the same effect!

tha said...

nice article

Martin Miller-Yianni said...

Very bright, happy and joyous post - Anyone would think it was Christmas right now in London. Well that's commercialism for you.lol

capybara said...

Great post, although it is still November, with the snow we had today in Lincolnshire it might as well be Christmas. I went to Currys in Scunthorpe yesterday and it was packed out with Xmas shoppers.

Busby SEO Test said...

It seems that every body can't wait anymore for Christmas, even the economy is getting worse and worse.

S. A. Hart said...

Great post! While I don't really like the commercialism of Christmas, I do miss London's High Street displays during this time of year. I appreciate you sharing Selfridges' windows with us.

LadyBanana said...

You have done really well to get all those shots. I have seen them only from the top of a bus and it was always crowded around them.

The windows displays are better than they have been for the last few years but back when my kids we little, the 80's, they used to have the most amazing windows and grotto..

Dutchie said...

For a moment there I thought u meant live Santa's in all kind of poses - haha ! Did u know that President Nathan opened the Xmas sale in Orchard 2 weeks back - talk abt being kiasu huh ? I always loved the Xmas light-up there. I wonder if they still closed the roads on Xmas Eve for street dancing with live bands ?

Anyway, here only Bishop Nicholaas will be delivering the presents on Dec 5th - also dressed in red. My neighbours paid 50 euro for the 15mins appearance - he comes in, gives a speech abt being good n sweet kids n hands over the gifts (from where the parents hides them). Most kids (in their pj's at 8pm) r just thrilled to hv St Nick in their very home ! For these professional men n their helpers (in harlequin suits n blackened face), it's ka-ching all the way until midnite !! Some companies do hire them to make the rounds. His helpers then showers the office personnel with sweets, mashmallows n spiced nuts (dutch cookie the size of a big pea) from a rice sack. Nice way to break the day's monotony though :-D

シ Puiyeng said...

Santa claus is coming to town~~
Wooohoo!! xD

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Regina Sunderland said...

Very nice post and you just made it on my Christmas Blog list. Will be posted later on today.

SheR. said...

You sure it's not you??

Chris said...

I just read an article regarding the ten poorest countries of the world, that made me realise how lucky I am and how the society impose to us things that are not important. Christmas should be synonymous of sharing and I feel that is not like that anymore.
The credit crunch is noting comparing to the problems relating to the poorest country in Africa, we should all realise that.

kyh said...

Ah Christmas is so commercialised these days that it's practically lost its real meanings.

But still, it gives many of us hope and joy, and as a reward for a whole year's worth of hardwork!

Nomadic Matt said...

was just in singapore last weekend. What a great city, especially for a foodie!