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Dayton's holiday window displays are back in downtown Minneapolis

They include a Santa Bear installation.

Three months after the return of its iconic sign, the old Dayton's store has another piece of its history back in downtown Minneapolis.

On Friday, The Dayton's Project — which is working to revamp the landmark department store space into a mixed-use complex — resurrected the building's lavish window displays. 

According to the project's Facebook post, the installations are "designed to celebrate the history of Dayton’s in Minneapolis while offering a glimpse into what the future holds."

One of the installations is dedicated to Santa Bear, a beloved plush toy launched by Dayton's in the mid-1980s.

The window displays represent a serious nostalgia trip for Minneapolis; as Kare 11's Boyd Huppert notes, people once flocked to them by the thousands: 

Per the Star Tribune, the displays were designed by Kent Hensley, a retail consultant who got his start at the Dayton's company. 

You can see them at the corner of 8th and Nicollet Mall as well as in the skyways. 

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