Over the top special effects maestro Michael Bay has once again directed the Victoria’s Secret Holiday commercial.  Set in the National Opera House and Prague’s Troja Chateau , this year’s offering is decidedly a softer affair, with nary a helicopter or even an explosion to punctuate the excitement of models prancing around in mid-quality lingerie. The 2011 version features Victoria’s Secret Angels Lindsay Ellingson, Candice Swanepoel, Lais Ribeiro, Doutzen Kroes, Erin Heatherton, Adriana Lima and Lily Aldridge. Just so you don’t have to go searching, we’ve rounded up the behind the scenes videos for this year’s version, as well as previous year’s efforts.

Making the Victoria’s Secret 2011 Holiday TV Shoot: The Chateau

The first behind the scenes video features the shoot at Chateau Troja, a Baroque Palace that hosts the 19th century Czech art collections of the City Gallery. Located in Prague’s north-west borough, architectural highlights include the dramatic exterior staircase and gardens statues created by sculptors Johann Georg and Paul Heermann.

Making the Victoria’s Secret 2011 Holiday TV Commercial: The Opera

Built in 1888, the Prague State Opera is known for its elaborate neo-rococo interior decor.  Originally called Neues Deutsches Theater (New German Theatre) it was designed by the Prague architect Alfons Wertmüller and built within 20 months.

Victoria’s Secret 2011 Holiday Commercial Direceted by Michael Bay

Frank Sinatra’s “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning,” accompany the models as they strut their stuff through historic buildings

Victoria’s Secret 2010 Holiday Commercial Directed by Michael Bay

This extended 90-second spot  aired only during the 2010 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. It features models Adriana Lima, Candice Swanepoel, Chanel Iman, Erin Heatherton, Katsia Zingarevich, Lily Aldridge and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Victoria’s Secret 2009 Holiday Commercial Directed by Michael Bay

Helicopters, motorcycles and of course explosions, the 2009 ad was chock full of Michael Bay signature effects.