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Holiday Windows in New York City

Macy's Holiday Windows 2014
Enjoy one of New York City's greatest holiday traditions -- Christmas and holiday window displays at NYC's finest department stores.

Starting in mid-November, many stores along New York City's Fifth Avenue (and other streets in midtown Manhattan) create their magical annual holiday windows. Barney's, Bergdorf Goodman, Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co., and more!

Visit day or night to see the thrilling artistry at NYC's best department stores, all for free. The holiday window displays are a one of the best things to do in NYC during the holidays for both locals and tourists. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes and clothes while you wait; the lines can be long, but it'll be worth it! You can also enjoy these fabulous NYC sights from the comfort of a motorcoach bus on the 4-hour Holiday Lights guided motorcoach tour.

NYC Holiday Window Displays
(this is a list for the 2014 season. Check back in fall 2015 to see details on the 2015 holiday window displays)
  • Anthropologie, 50 Rockefeller Plaza between 50th and 51st Street

  • Barney's Holiday Windows 2014Barneys, 660 Madison Avenue between 60th and 61st Streets
    A flurry of woodland creatures and snow owls dancing in the store windows. The fantastical illustrations are the brainchild of acclaimed writer and director Baz Luhrmann, and his wife, the costume designer Catherine Martin. The couple’s résumé includes "Moulin Rouge!" and "The Great Gatsby," among many more. And it’s the highlight of Barneys New York’s 2014 holiday campaign, "Baz Dazzled Holiday." Their artwork, set against iconic holiday backdrops, will appear on shopping bags, gift cards, and in-store displays over the course of six weeks. Barneys will curate a seasonal collection to match Luhrmann and Martin’s holiday reverie with decor, ornaments, stockings, toys, and accessories. The retailer will donate 25 percent of sales from the limited-edition line to Room to Read, which promotes literacy and gender equality in education in developing countries. 

  • Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows NYC, 2014Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Avenue at 58th Streets
    heir theme this year is “Holidays on Ice,” with traditional holidays throughout the year being reimagined as wintry scenes. The five large-scale holidays include Arbor Day, the Fourth of July, April Fool’s Day, Valentine’s Day and Halloween, with smaller shadow boxes displaying Thanksgiving, Mardi Gras, New Year’s Eve and Groundhog Day-themed windows. 

  • Bloomingdale's, 59th Street and Lexington Avenue
  • Celebrate the holiday season with Bloomingdale's iconic holiday windows. This year's windows depict shoppers celebrating the holiday season at destinations all over the world, including France, Great Britain, Italy, China, and New York City.
  • Cartier Holiday Windows 2014Cartier, 653 Fifth Avenue at 52nd Street
    Cartier interactive holiday windows.

  • Henri Bendel, 712 Fifth Avenue at 56th Street
    Henri Bendel's holiday windows bring to life the illustrations of Al Hirschfeld, whose drawings of celebrities and Broadway performers ran in the New York Times for over 70 years. This year, Hirschfeld's drawings of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Whoopi Goldberg, Liza Minnelli, Bernadette Peters, Woody Allen, Sarah Jessica Parker and Carol Channing, were all transformed into sculptures. Inside the store, Hirschfeld's rendition of Charlie Chaplin sits atop a two-story tree. Hirschfeld's drawings can be seen on display throughout the store.
  • Lord Lord & Taylor holiday windows, NYC 2014& Taylor, 424 Fifth Avenue at 39th Street
  • This year, the department store's windows celebrate the flagship location's 100th anniversary. Lord & Taylor's 2014 holiday windows allow guests on Fifth Avenue to embark on a state-of-the-art journey through the imagination, exploring the whimsical interiors of an enchanted mansion on the eve of the holidays. Rooms including "The Heritage Gallery" and the "Hall of Wisdom" are filled with surprises to delight and entertain, honoring the building's 100-year history in decidedly modern fashion. The adventure begins on the grounds of this beautiful house nestled deep in the forest, on a starry night with freshly fallen snow all around. The sky is illuminated with twinkling stars sparkling in the cold, crisp air. As we gaze in through the keyhole, magic starts to happen: paintings come to life; the cozy house begins to stir. Each window setting invites us further and further into this enchanted space, each room stocked with a treasure chest's worth of wonders. The display will tantalize guests' curiosity and invite viewers of all ages to cherish the thrill of imagination and discovery.
    This year, Lord & Taylor introduced video wall technology into its elaborate window settings for the very first time. These cleverly integrated screens, juxtaposed with the intricate set designs and beautifully handmade costumes, gave traditional elegance a contemporary twist.

  • Macys, 34th Street and Sixth Avenue
    The theme at Macy’s Herald Square this year is “Santa’s Journey to the Stars.” While passing by the store’s six windows, you’ll see the tale of Alex, a young boy with a magic telescope, who experiences Christmas on other planets with his dog, Bella. The story is told in animated form with the assistance of high-definition video monitors.
    Designed by Roya Sullivan, the display is made from 85 percent foam, with sculptures specially created to resemble the surfaces of the moon and stars. Ms. Sullivan hopes this year’s windows “will symbolize the power of magical thinking and the tradition of storytelling… We have combined our homage to today’s tech-savvy child with a nostalgic dream to travel through space with Santa."

  • Saks 5th Avenue Holiday Windows 2014Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets 
    Saks Fifth Avenue's flagship store debuts "An Enchanted Experience," an homage to the incredible legacy of Saks Fifth Avenue. Saks was born in the roaring '20s when shopping was glamorous and everything felt possible. This year, the legendary Art Deco glamour from the earliest days of Saks Fifth Avenue returns in the form of a brilliant display of light and music. After the grand debut on November 24, the program will continue to run every day and night through the new year.
    Saks Fifth Avenue's six animated windows—always at the heart of the holidays in New York—will be transformed into scenes from classic fairy tales immaculately rendered in an Art Deco style, with iconic New York locations providing the backdrop. Whether it's Rumplestiltskin spinning straw into gold in gloomy subway tunnels, Rapunzel using her hair to swing about the Empire State Building, Cinderella arriving at the Saks Fifth Avenue Ball, or Snow White being tempted by an evil apple merchant in the heart of Times Square, each window depicts a different fantasy New York moment. 
    The show will be the first of its kind, integrating LEDs,strobes, up-lights, video projections and music into a stunning program that is bigger and more brilliant than ever before. The lighting truly interacts with the projected elements, producing stunning results that turn the facade of the iconic luxury retailer into a traffic-stopping spectacle. The show culminates with a grand Fireworks by Grucci finale that will light up the night. Notably, the show requires: 71,000 lights, 11,000 linear feet of garlands, stretching 30 feet high, 6 state-of-the-art 3D projectors with 26,000 lumens each, 9000+ hours of work to produce.

  • Van Cleef and Arpels Holiday Windows 2014Tiffany & Co., 727 Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets
    “The 2014 windows focus on the energy and sophistication of New York City in the 1950s and ’60s,” Richard Moore, vice president of creative visual merchandising, said. Tiffany Keys, Tiffany Blue Boxes and Atlas jewelry abound, with jewelry displayed on billboards, in taxi trunks and in Central Park. A light show, inspired by the fireworks display created for the Tiffany Diamond at the 1939 New York World’s Fair 75 years ago, illuminates the store’s façade every 15 minutes from 4pm to midnight until January 5, 2015.

  • Van Cleef & Arpels744 5th Ave, between 7th and 8th Avenue
    The jeweler is one of the first Fifth Avenue shops to roll out its annual wintry display, although Van Cleef may be slightly ahead of the game because it has another occasion to commemorate—it's 75th birthday. Created by set designer Douglas Little in honor of the holiday season and the brand's anniversary, the dreamy windowscapes tell the story of Peau D'Ane, a French fairytale about a princess who flees her kingdom wearing a magic donkey skin that excretes jewels (don't worry about it) to avoid marrying her father. Let giant emeralds, fluffy bunnies, and cakes distract you from the dark subject matter, this way!
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