You know it's almost Christmas when streets begin to twinkle; pumpkin spice and toffee nuts seep into lattes; jingles and carols fill the air; and storefronts are decked out with jaw-dropping flair.


Every year, an unspoken contest drives different establishments to create displays that will draw the largest crowds, and garner the most prints from clammy palms and oily noses pressed against tall glass windows.


We selected these with our noses pressed against the screen; here are our top three picks for the most magical Christmas windows in 2016:


Galaries Lafayette, Paris

Fortnum & Mason, London

Louis Vuitton, Champs-Élysées, Paris


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