Macy's Holiday Windows 2015, courtesy of Getty Images
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 for the 2015 Season (check back in fall 2016 for a list of 2016 holiday windows in NYC)
- Barneys, 660 Madison Avenue between 60th and 61st Streets
Barneys New York "Chillin’ Out" Holiday Windows, through early January
“This year we created a 35-foot, fully functioning ice locker. Consistently maintaining freezing temps, the ice locker has allowed us to use real ice as a creative medium. Through partnering with Okamoto Studio, we were able to continue in the tradition of incorporating live performance into the window displays, with daily live carvings of traditional holiday icons and motifs." - Dennis Freedman, Barneys New York creative director
- Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Avenue at 58th Streets
Bergdorf Goodman "Brilliant" Holiday Windows, through January 4, 2016
Bergdorf Goodman’s 2015 holiday windows are decked out in Swarovski crystals for a dazzling "Brilliant" theme. The partnership celebrates Swarovski’s 120th anniversary, and is honored in Bergdorf's central window, "The Birthday Party." Featuring a ballroom setting, everything in the display is crystallized, from the wallpaper and furniture to a guitar and chandelier.
"With the Swarovski collaboration, we expected that our windows would sparkle to the nth degree this year, but after nine months of production, even we were surprised at the blockbuster effect of over 7 million crystals in one place at one time." - David Hoey, Bergdorf Goodman's senior director of visual presentation
- Bloomingdale's, 59th Street and Lexington Avenue
Bloomingdale’s "Holiday Through the Senses" Holiday Windows, through January 4, 2016
"Classic holiday moments and the spirit of the season have been captured through an imaginative mix of floral design and faceted mirrored sculptures to stimulate each of the five senses." - Jeff Leatham, florist and Bloomingdale's window designer
- Henri Bendel, 712 Fifth Avenue at 56th Street
Henri Bendel's "A Retrospective of Renowned Fashion Illustrator Izak Zenou" Holiday Windows, through January 4, 2016
This year's installation
celebrates the store's 120th anniversary as well as a 20-year
relationship with fashion illustrator Izak Zenou.
“This year we wanted our window to feel like a whimsical townhouse foyer. We partnered with Izak Zenou, our illustrator of 20 years, to highlight dozens of framed illustrations of our Bendel girls. What remains the same is our iconic brown-and-white-striped packaging and hatboxes.” - Pina Ferlisi, Henri Bendel creative director
- Lord & Taylor, 424 Fifth Avenue at 39th Street
Lord & Taylor's "A Few of Our Favorite Things" Holiday Windows, through January 6, 2016
- "Our windows are initially constructed off-site, then installed and finished in the basement of our Fifth Avenue flagship. In the days leading up to the unveiling, they are raised into the street-level windows on hydraulics — a unique feature of the 101-year-old landmarked building." - Roe Palermo, Lord & Taylor divisional vice-president of merchandise presentation
- Macys, 34th Street and Sixth Avenue
Macy’s Herald Square's "A Charlie Brown Christmas" Holiday Windows, through January 4, 2016
Macy's holiday windows celebrate the 50th anniversary of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" in 3D scenes recreating six key moments from Charles Schultz's indelible cartoon classic.
"This year more than ever I paid attention to the techniques and drawing style of Charles Schultz. The challenge was to translate his 2-D renderings to 3-D without losing his aesthetic. We made sure to keep the expressions of the characters very similar to the originals, but added sculpted heads and hands and made every outfit by hand. The most fun window is the piano scene, where the audience is able to play the keys (on the window glass) along with Schroeder. This is where we have the original character involved with today’s tech-savvy kid who enjoys an interactive experience." - Roya Sullivan, Macy’s national window director
And don't forget to visit Macy's Santaland -- a 13,000-square-foot North Pole village complete with live elves, an enchanted forest featuring animatronic toys and a large train display. Santaland is located on the 8th floor of Macy's Herald Square on 34th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue. It's open daily from the day after Thanksgiving. Santa arrives at the tail end of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and stays through Christmas Eve. Admission is free into Santaland but lines can be long!
- Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets
Saks Fifth Avenue's "The Winter Palace" Holiday Windows, through January 4, 2016
Saks' Winter Palace pays homage to the world’s greatest natural and man-made wonders -- an icy Colosseum, a snowy Great Wall of China, a frozen Great Barrier Reef. The front of the store has been transformed with crystal spires and a light show involving more than 225,000 illuminated elements. "New York would not be the same if it weren’t for the whimsical lands and twinkling décor of the holiday windows. I am excited for sightseers to see our very unique creations this year." - Mark Briggs, executive vice-president, HBC Creative
- Tiffany & Co., 727 Fifth Avenue between 56th and 57th Streets
Through early January
For 2015, Tiffany’s windows reveal a heritage of luxury amid wintry scenes inspired by miniature theatres of the 19th century. An ornate proscenium arch frames a fairy tale landscape in a palette of Tiffany Blue and winter white. A palace covered in snow, pavilions and grand staircases sparkle with jewels; and a sleigh worthy of a queen glides deep into the forest, where a great white stag reigns, surrounded by fir trees laden with treasures.
In addition, a dazzling lightshow will overlay the façade of the Fifth Avenue store. The illuminated spectacle is inspired by the fireworks display created for the Tiffany Diamond at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. The display’s four reproductions (each 106 feet in height) feature a yellow center stone that replicates the 128.54-carat Tiffany Diamond.