This exhibit is designed to evoke the feeling of strolling "downtown", past department store windows decorated for Christmas. A small "street" of shop windows, designed to bring back memories of the 1940's and 1950's, greets visitors to National Christmas Center. With a cardboard fireplace as a colorful backdrop, toys of that time period are showcased in one window: a Lionel train, Lincoln Logs, a Gilbert microscope, spinning metal tops and plastic toys - tea sets, doll babies and the ultra-modern Za Zoom Motor Sound carpet sweeper.
Another "store front" shows artfully stacked piles of games including the Toonerville Trolley Game, Magnetic Fish Pond, Fuzzy Felt Circus and the ever-popular TinkerToys. One more window dazzles and delights with gifts for the family: a 1946 RCA 10" television, sparkling stainless steel Hotpoint coffee servers, Sunbeam waffle irons and phonograph record players, widely popular before the advent of stereo or hi-fidelity. A collection of vinyl "45" records feature bright Christmas graphics and songs of the season.
Yet another store display focuses on a magical scene filled with collectible hummel figurines. See a special holiday village of Hummel children in a mountain-side landscape showing Santa's castle, Hummel gnomes making toys, the children's orchestra and, in a little grotto, a gathering of Hummel aangels. No holiday streetscape would be complete without a nod to the Salvation Army's dedicated volunteers. Using one of 36 life-sized figurines made by its own artists, National Christmas Center depicts the scene - a costumed bell-ringer beside the familiar red kettle hanging from a tripod. Elsewhere in "Street of Memories", a display of original prints depicts shoppers of all ages and stations - some haggling for a bargain, others looking longingly at the bountiful food and dazzling wares, still others happily carrying their newly-purchased gifts home.