Manhattan’s famous department stores feature Christmas window displays fit for a king. Christmas in New York City wouldn't be complete without a stroll past the infamous holiday windows! From depictions of famous Christmas movies to animated characters and scenes, these windows are
sure to please all members of your family, young and old. These displays are awe-inspiring creative productions, created by set designers, composers, clothing designers, artists, and engineers.
Remember, your children’s family holiday memories won’t be about the gifts that they unwrap, they will be about the great holiday traditions that your family creates and shares. So, make one of your traditions a stroll past the department store Christmas windows. And, unlike other holiday gifts, this outing is completely FREE!
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Most holiday windows are typically unveiled in late November and remain operational through the New Year.
Here are the ones worth seeking out:
Barneys New York
660 Madison Avenue at 61st Street
Get ready! Fabulous holiday windows from Barneys come to life on Friday, Nov. 18 at the Madison Avenue location (660 Madison Ave.) and the Downtown flagship store (101 7th Avenue). “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
754 Fifth Avenue at 58th Street
This year's holiday windows are are focused on the transporting theme of “Destination Extraordinary.” The displays will depict lush locals, unexpected landscapes and verdant gardens in Bergdorf Goodman’s unique form of fantastical storytelling.
David Hoey, Senior Director of Visual Presentation, cites the paintings of Henri Rousseau and trips to the American Museum of Natural History as some of the inspirations for the larger-than-life scenes. “The windows are like magical realist versions of natural history museum dioramas,” Hoey says. Six months in the making, the displays showcase the work of specialized artisans, with hand-painted backdrops and animals embellished with leaves, beads, and dried flowers. To reflect the theme, each window depicts a unique imagined destination.
Lexington Avenue at 59th Street
On Nov. 21, stroll on by 59th Street and Lexington Avenue for flawless windows at Bloomies. The reveal begins at 5:30 p.m. 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
712 Fifth Avenue
Between 55th and 56 Streets
This year's windows celebrates the store's 120th anniversary as well as its 20-year relationship with fashion illustrator Izak Zenou.
Lord & Taylor
39th Street at 5th Avenue
In partnership with Save the Children, Lord & Taylor's Enchanted Forest holiday windows portray beautiful scenes of a winter wonderland filled with 34 hand-sculpted spirited holiday animals. Over 350 square feet of LED walls enhance each vignette. It features more than 9,000 feet of mixed garland, foliage, twinkling lights and cheerful holiday music, completing the magical display. There are FIVE animated scenes! Opened on November 10, 2016!
Herald Square, Broadway between 34th and 35th Streets
Unveiled on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, Macy's Herald Square holiday windows celebrate the 50th anniversary of "A Charlie Bornw Christmas" which recreate six famous moments from Chars Schultz's beloved classic. I'd venture to guess that the piano scene is the most fun and popular of them all. Why? Because the audience can play the kids (on the window glass) along with Schroeder.
611 Fifth Avenue (at 49th Street)
On Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., Saks draws the curtain and shows off its ever-stunning holiday windows. This year's display, "Land of 1000 Delights," is described as "an enchanting landscape of colorful candy and festive fashion." will operate daily from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. every 10 minutes. Get there before the display's last day on Jan. 6!