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10 Department Store Holiday Windows Guaranteed to Make You Feel Festive

There's something downright enchanting about a decked out department store window during the holiday season, especially when the sun starts to set. Even the most jaded city dwellers slow their pace to gawk at the glowing displays, momentarily transported to that time they believed in Christmas elves, Hanukkah fairies and Kwanzaa gnomes. (What? No Kwanzaa gnomes at your Yuletide celebration? Too bad. They're awesome.)

This year, the world's top retailers have outdone themselves with another round of magical dioramas. Click through the slideshow below to see our top ten favorites.

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Saks Fifth Avenue

Bubble-making machines and a fluffy snow backdrop highlight a range of one-of-kind designer dresses.

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Harvey Nichols

The London fashion emporium created a mesmerizing "ice workshop" with frozen animals and lots of Jimmy Choo shoes.

photo coutesy of Harvey Nichols

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Bergdorf Goodman

Aptly named the The Carnival of the Animals, these windows draw on the Wild Kingdom for inspiration.

photo courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman

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Printemps

We can only hope that a crew of Karls takes over for Santa this December 25, Nightmare Before Christmas style. (This version would have way less monsters and lots of quilted 2.55 bags.)

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Bloomingdale's

Paying homage to the brand's "Big Brown Bag," Bloomies fills giant versions of their iconic tote with animated scuptures.

photo courtesy of Bloomingdales

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Harrods

Twinkle lights and Swarovski crystals depict a lovely enchanted forest scene.

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Barneys

To showcase their "Gaga's Workshop" pop-up, each installation is based on the singer's signature style.

photo courtesy of Barneys

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Galeries Lafayette

Teeny dolls depict models, photographers, stylists and editors bustling about the busy world of fashion.

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Lord & Taylor

An endearing collection of tradional Christmas pastimes, framed by original drawings submitted by local school children.

photo courtesy of Lord & Taylor

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Henri Bendel

This New York institution was inspired by the city it calls home: Time's Square signage and a stylish Lady Liberty.

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