• Do You See What I See?

    An NYC Holiday Window Round-Up

    By Sharon Beesley

    One holiday tradition that is uniquely NYC is viewing all of the beautiful department store windows that are dressed to the nines for the season of merriment. We highly recommend braving the cold and spending a few hours taking in the combination of classic scenes and modern artistry through the holiday windows. —  

    Bergdorf
    Goodman’s “Carnival of the Animals”

    Having a
    hard time deciding which store to visit this year? Bergdorf Goodman’s “Carnival
    of the Animals”
    is at the top of our list! This year it doesn’t disappoint
    with windows saturated with a bold colors and intricate details. Take a minute
    to explore showcases like “Teacher’s Pets.” The students are life-sized paper animals posing with zoological textbooks, making this display a
    perfect mix of artistry and humor. Children will be mesmerized with the window
    entitled “Testing the Waters.” It’s completely encrusted with hand-cut
    Italian mosaic tiles that make the window truly sparkle. It should come as no surprise that it took
    the artists 10 months to piece together this aquatic window. Time well spent!

    754 5th
    Avenue, (212) 872-2700, bergdorfgoodman.com

    Barneys New York

    Want
    to see windows like no other? Head over to Barneys! This year the store collaborated
    with Lady Gaga to create windows that are wild and fantastical. Gaga’s use of odd-ball materials like human hair are shocking at first glance but it all
    comes together beautifully. The half Gaga-half motorcycle creature is awe-inspiring and so is the mermaid gracefully swimming in a spiky cave. While not
    exactly geared to kids or toward a specific holiday, the windows should be visited for their sheer artistry. And don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes! Lady Gaga’s
    music is blasting as you walk down the sidewalk.%uFFFD

    660
    Madison Ave, (212) 826-8900, barneys.com

    Macy’s
    Herald
    Square

    Macy’s
    is usually the first stop on the walking tour of the holiday windows. Or the
    last. Whenever you decide to see it, it shouldn’t be missed! Paul Olszewski
    designed the windows this year for the Make a Wish Foundation. The mix of
    modern and classic technology with a heavy focus glitter make these windows
    magical. Kids won’t want to leave after they find the interactive window
    display at the end. Using touch screens, they can create custom ornaments.
    What’s more: they can send their ornament to a mobile device. This window is
    both visually stunning and interactive.%uFFFD

    151 West
    34th Street,
    (212) 695-4400, macys.com

    Saks Fifth Avenue

    Saks Fifth Avenue has kids racing around the
    building as they follow a mannequin pedaling her giant tricycle. Back and forth she leads them! It’s a quirky
    addition to window, but that’s not all that’s unique. The color scheme of black, white and
    red is a bold choice, only to be intensified by the light show projected onto
    the building’s facade. Mesmerizing! Bonus: the dresses on the mannequins are
    some of the most glamorous we’ve ever seen. Well done, Saks.

    611 Fifth Avenue, (212) 753-4000, saksfifthavenue.com

    Lord & Taylor

    Lord
    & Taylor’s window displays are the sweetheart of the bunch. They capture the
    simplicity of the holiday season by using children’s drawings from Women In
    Need shelters and local schools. A whopping total of 125 drawings fill the
    space! A highlight of the display is a banner that hangs in one of the
    miniatures houses. It spells out: “Happy Everything!” Isn’t that what this time of year
    is all about? It’s hard to leave Lord and Taylor’s windows without a
    smile.

    424 Fifth Avenue, (212) 391-3344, ‎lordandtaylor.com

    Henri
    Bendel

    Don’t
    let all the scaffolding turn you off from looking a this window display.
    Beneath it you’ll find a Statue of Liberty mannequin with a dress made out of
    jelly beans! Somehow Lady Liberty still looks as radiant as ever
    in this edible dress. Highlights in this store’s window also includes mannequins dressed as Rockettes
    sitting in circle swings high above the shoppers.

    712 Fifth
    Avenue, (212) 247-1100, henribendel.com

    Tiffany
    & Co.

    The
    effect these tiny window displays have on the people peering into them is lovely.
    There’s just enough room for two or three people to look at a time so it
    creates an intimate experience. What you seen in the tiny windows is a dreamy
    world that has a carousel on every corner. Parents might get tired holding their kid up to see the details of this
    display but the effort is well worth it.

    727 Fifth
    Avenue, (212) 755-8000, tiffany.com

    Bloomingdales

    Travel
    back in time as Bloomingdales highlights shopping bags from years past. Watch
    the bags open and spin! Inside are dioramas of sculpted
    animation. While stopping at each window, don’t forget to say, “Cheese!” A
    camera will take your picture to display in the window. The photo will also be
    featured on Bloomingdales Facebook Page. Fun!

    1000 Third Avenue, (212) 705-2000, bloomingdales.com

    New
    Museum of Contemporary Art

    If you
    want to see a window display off the beaten path, go to the New Museum of
    Contemporary Art. Here you’ll find a very SciFi Christmas designed by MakerBot
    Industries. Children will point and giggle at the ridiculous situations the little
    green aliens find themselves in while parents will enjoys recognizing the Back
    to the Future, Star Trek and X-Files references. This window is both nerdy and amazing! Check
    it out.

    235 Bowery, (212) 219-1222, newmuseum.org

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