Christmas Windows Return to Main Street in Downtown Buffalo

November 19, 2010 Updated Nov 19, 2010 at 7:34 PM EDT

By Lou Chilelli

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November 19, 2010 Updated Nov 19, 2010 at 7:34 PM EDT


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) -- They're back! The animated holiday displays that once graced the windows of the former A M & A'S building downtown... have been restored. Organizers are calling it.... "Magical Memories on Main Street". Twenty vintage Christmas window designs will be on display through January. The 600 block of Main Street in Downtown Buffalo...know as the Theatre District...is the new home for many of the well remembered A M & A's holiday displays.

Joe McCarthy, is director of operations at Shea's Performing Arts Center and the chairman of "Magical Memories on Main Street, "These are the original AM&A's windows and we have painstakingly restored them. We raised enough money... the Rotary Club of Buffalo was magnificent in coming up and giving us a grant to be able to restore these wonderful pieces. Now they are operational. And this is our first year...we hope it will be an annual event."

Some of these displays date back to the 1930's. Thousands made an annual trip downtown each holiday season bringing along their children. Now parents can renew the tradition.

Edwin Echevarria is a Buffalo resident, who check out some of the windows as he walked along Main Street, "They are pretty cool looking. It's pretty interesting to see something so old yet still entertaining. I'll probably bring my kids. It looks pretty interesting. It looks like something my kids would probably enjoy...the little dolls dancing around and everything."

The displays officially open Saturday. They will operate during the lunch hour and from 3PM to 11PM every day until January 8th.