Must-See NYC Holiday Windows

Must-See NYC Holiday Windows

Bloomingdale's "Sparkle" display (©BFA. Neil Rasmus)

New York City has some of the most legendary holiday window displays in the country. While shopping in NYC, make sure to check out how each store decked its halls—I mean windows—with bells of jolly!

Bloomingdale's (Midtown East): Bloomingdale's is celebrating the season with a new window display theme, “Lights Up A Young Mind”. To create the eight stunning displays, Bloomingdales challenged a group of visual artists to create unique chandeliers that symbolize their artistic expression of the word “light.” Knowing this information will be a fun way to view the windows and see how each artist interpreted the word through their designs. If you end up falling in love with any of the chandeliers you are in luck because Bloomingdale's is auctioning them off to benefit the Child Mind Institute. The auction will run until December 20.

Bergdorf Goodman (Midtown East): Transport to a new destination when viewing Bergdorf Goodman's holiday windows, "Destination Extraordinary.” The luxurious travel-themed windows feature hand-painted backdrops, intricate designed props and lifelike landscapes. From the elaborate glittery detail to the designer gowns worn on the mannequins, this retailer’s window displays will have you in awe!

Saks Fifth Avenue (Midtown East): After you view the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree walk across the street to check out Saks Fifth Avenue’s holiday windows. This year, the high-end department store has titled their display “Land of 1000 Delights,” which features an unusual, yet exciting, mix of candy and fashion. The windows embrace sweet décor such as giant swirl lollipops and towering rock candy sticks, as well as clouds of cotton candy. The display also comes with a 10-story multi-colored light show shown on the building’s exterior every 10 minutes from 5-11 pm. The last day of the display is January 6.

Macy’s (Midtown): Macy’s window display, “Believing the Magic,” is sure to bring out the kid inside of you. From the 15-foot Santa Claus to the displays featuring the inside workings of the North Pole, each of the six windows embodies the ultimate Christmas experience. Macy’s has also incorporated a theme of technology into its display. Instead of portraying the traditional North Pole where Christmas lists are sent to by mail, Santa’s workshop now has a communication center where children are sending their present requests through YouTube videos. The department store has also included a LED screen attached to their “Love” window where a person can place their hand on the screen and the screen will “detect” if they have been naughty or nice.

Lord & Taylor (Midtown): This year marks Lord & Taylor's 79th holiday window display. The Fifth Avenue windows have been transformed into an enchanted forest with 34 hand-sculpted holiday animals, LED walls, foliage, twinkling lights and jolly holiday music. Each window presents an animated scene; bunnies ice-skating on a pond, dancing raccoons, and a big friendly bear covered in snow and more.

2016 holiday display at Lord & Taylor on Fifth Avenue (Courtesy Getty Images)

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