CUTENESS THROUGHOUT THE CALENDAR: While the swanky stores along Fifth Avenue in New York City are known for staging the splashiest of Christmas window displays each December, there are many shops that honor the glitter-filled holiday tradition. It's old-fashioned and nostalgic, through and through, which are pluses, of course; after all, you can see a spinning Christmas tree year after year, through a large sheet of plate glass, or an oversized snow globe, or a fireplace scene, and it always feels as warm and as nice as freshly baked bread. But while the holiday tradition lives on in many shopping districts, there is one place where people can count on seeing highly whimsical window displays throughout the year, the kind of displays rife with story and color and detail and cute touches. And if you long for that window-whimsical cuteness throughout the calendar year, you know where you can find it: Disneyland's Main Street. The large windows of The Emporium have long held small figures and tableaux representing some of the best-known movies and characters, and people lingering outside the windows while lifting up smaller tots so they can enjoy. Those windows recently got a refresh, in honor of the theme park's 60th anniversary, with six new windows in all.
TWO HAVE MADE THEIR DEBUT... and they're full of don't-wanna-grow-up-ness and midnight-clocks-striking: "Peter Pan" and "Cinderella" are the first pair of Emporium windows to be unveiled. Look for animated figures -- there are the Darling kids from "Peter Pan" practicing their flying -- and several other elements from the fairy tale. A quartet of windows are still to come in the coming months, including "The Princess and the Frog," "Aladdin," "Toy Story," and "Frozen," so best prepare to carve out a few extra minutes to linger and look on Main Street. For while the fireworks and big roller coaster dips and splashy parade can, and should, get much of our attention, the quieter ongoing Disneyland displays are as much a part of the heart of the park as anything. And that the park's whimsical windows are open all year long is a treat for those who do treasure a mighty magical holiday-themed shop window, an annual sight that does come and go far too fast.