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The holiday window display rises two stories at (Credit: Heather Walsh)

The holiday window display rises two stories at James Cress Florists at 115 E. Main St. in Smithtown. (Dec. 4, 2011)

Holiday windows of Long Island 2011

With glittering lights, bright colors and even animated dolls, holiday window displays have been cropping up at mom and pop shops across Long Island. Virginia Suhr, now 68, took her children to see the elaborate moving trains in the windows of W.L. Wiggs Opticians in Stony Brook in the '70s. Last month, she took her 2-year-old grandson, Nicholas Liguori, who was delighted to see Thomas the Tank Engine zoom through a model winter village, waving and laughing. "It's kind of magical. With the train display it just grabs the children right away," says Suhr, of Stony Brook. "It's nice because you can give them that kind of thrill of going into the holiday without going too far or going to the mall." Here are some of LI's most festive holiday windows. --Lauren Harrison

Reader's pick: Virginia Suhr Thomas the Tank Engine
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Reader's pick: Virginia Suhr Thomas the Tank Engine fills Nicholas Liguori, 2, with wonder at Wiggs Opticians in Stony Brook.

Ben's Garden in Huntington is decorated with an
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Ben's Garden in Huntington is decorated with an igloo made of milk jugs. (December 6, 2011)

Ava Meras 6, arranges the window at Star
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Ava Meras 6, arranges the window at Star Confectionery in Riverhead. (Dec. 4, 2011)

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Santa managed to get his sled inside the
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

Santa managed to get his sled inside the First National Bank in Babylon. (Dec. 4, 2011)

Northport Hardware tries to get a leg up
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Northport Hardware tries to get a leg up on the competition with a lamp like the one from "A Christmas Story." (Dec. 3, 2011)

A Santa Claus figurine stands next to a
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A Santa Claus figurine stands next to a lighted Christmas tree in the windows of Olive Duntley Florist in Manhasset. (Dec. 3, 2011)

The holiday window display rises two stories at
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

The holiday window display rises two stories at James Cress Florists at 115 E. Main St. in Smithtown. (Dec. 4, 2011)

A winter holiday window is decked out in
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A winter holiday window is decked out in Glen Cove. (Dec. 2, 2011)

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The holiday window display rises two stories at
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

The holiday window display rises two stories at James Cress Florists at 115 E. Main St. in Smithtown. (Dec. 4, 2011)

Menorah lights shine brightly from the Chanukah window
(Credit: Nancy Borowick)

Menorah lights shine brightly from the Chanukah window display at Judaica Plus on Central Avenue in Cedarhurst. (Dec. 4, 2011)

Shoppers take a look at the holiday window
(Credit: Heather Walsh)

Shoppers take a look at the holiday window display at Cow Harbor Fine Gift and Collectibles in Northport. (Dec. 3, 2011)

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