Hundreds of people gathered outside Mc Elhinney’s today for the unveiling of their magnificent Christmas windows which are absolutely out of this world.
It was evident that so much work, time and effort went into this. A unique combination of the creative arts, education, culture and fashion. The collaboration of these brought a new innovative dimension to the McElhinney’s Christmas window. The theme this year is the ‘Nutcracker’ this theme was inspired by the famous ballet the Nutcracker which is around for over two hundred years.
The classic theme has brought a great partnership between Jessica Peoples director of the ZoNa dance company from Letterkenny who added a mix of theatre and dance to the unveiling.
The twenty five ballerinas danced in the foyer of Mc Elhinneys to the famous music from Tchaikovsky’s compositions. Three ballerinas danced in the window as part of the unveiling. The children at the window were entranced by the amazing spectacle which enfolded before their eyes.
The McElhinney’s team also connected with the fashion department of the LYIT and some of the students helped out with the preparations and fashion input of this year’s windows. This is an exciting new partnership which we see as having a long term future for both parties.
They would like to acknowledge JC Bonar from the Butt theatre who give his creative input in our window’s this year.
The theme was inspired by all the travels of the McElhinney’s team, this inspiration came from key trends this season, such as, military style clothes and the luxurious fabrics like velvet and the elegance of the soft ballet skirts. We had a cold outdoor theme last year so it was important to capture the warmth of the traditional red and green colours of Christmas this year.
There are two sides to the window with one side is traditional and the other side is more modern and colourful, they are represented by the two scenes of the nutcracker ballet. The traditional side is the home of Clara who is the main character of the ballet and the colourful side of the window is her dream of travelling with the nutcracker prince to faraway lands.
The last few weeks Eilish Kennedy and the team have worked together to build and perfect this window. The team consists of all staff members who work on the premises. Every piece of the window is designed by the store team and all the costumes were designed and made by the store seamstresses
What a proud day for the town and well done to everyone involved and to the huge crowd who came out in their hundreds.
Paul Logue interviews Santa
Stitchit Bernie with her son and daughter at the unveiling of McElhinneys Christmas window
Ruth Callaghan with John McElhinneys and Eilish Kennedy
Yvonne, Santa and Martin McElhinney
Kee’s Hotel supplied warm mince pies for everyone, well done
St Marys Choir who put o a great performance
The glamorous Crampsie sisters
The Strabane Brass Band who performed in McElhinneys
Manager of the year Sandra Devenney serving up mulled wine to one and all
Louise and Sinead enjoying their mulled wine
Angela Donnelly, Sandra and Lily Devenney looking well
Ann McLaughlin with her daughter Rachael
Audrey and Mark Crawford looking very festive