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!
Treat yourself to a fantastic NYC Holiday Lights Walking Tour With Iconic Holiday Displays, at discounted rates, of course! You've seen it in movies and television, and if you haven't experienced it in real life, just wait until Midtown Manhattan lights up like no other place in the world. Mechanical window displays, synchronized light and sound shows, not to mention Santa Claus and toy soldiers await you in this winter wonderland. You'll beat traffic on the subway and catch some underground holiday music. You can celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year with the NYC Holiday Lights Walking Tour, which even teaches you about the artists and history of these wonderful displays. You'll start from Central Park Sightseeing in New York City, seeing displays at Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's Herald Square and many more....
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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
The artist duo, the Haas Brothers, “have created an imaginative universe that offers an interpretation of the Earth through the ages, with some of their recurring characters coexisting across eras ranging from the planet’s beginning to the far distant future. Through animation and sculpture, four of these epochs will be depicted in Barneys’ Madison Avenue window displays, illustrating four phases of time: Primordial, Utopia, Millennium, and a vision of the future that’s been titled Mushroom Singularity.”
754 Fifth Avenue at 58th Street
This year, the Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows continue their tradition of fantastical storytelling with a celebration of New York’s world-renowned cultural institutions. The 2017 Bergdorf Goodman Holiday Windows will be revealed on Nov 14, 2017.
Lexington Avenue at 59th Street
Bloomingdale's has partnered with Twentieth Century Fox's holiday film "The Greatest Showman"-in theaters Christmas-to ring in the season of glitz, glamour and glee. Take in jaw-dropping circus acts and a special performance from Keala Settle before they unveil their iconic holiday window display along Lexington Avenue. The windows will be unveiled on November 21, 2017, at 6:00 pm.
712 Fifth Avenue
Between 55th and 56 Streets
Haas for the Holidays, Barney's latest holiday window collaboration, created in conjunction with artist duo The Haas Brothers. Twins Nikolai and Simon Haas have taken the sense of joy and whimsy that art enthusiasts are used to seeing in the twosome’s sculptural and graphic work, channeled it into a message of positivity and inclusivity, and applied it to Barneys windows and its store interior.
Lord & Taylor
39th Street at 5th Avenue
This year's theme is "The best and the brightest." The Fifth Avenue windows have been transformed into a whimsical journey as seen through the lens of enchanted snow globes.One window is titled "Artic Adventures" and features two polar bears meeting for a celebratory high five. Another window, with its smiling ring master, depicts a holiday circus. They are all beautiful
Herald Square, Broadway between 34th and 35th Streets
To be unveiled on Thursday, November 16, 2017, 5:30 pm, Macy's Herald Square holiday windows celebrate the 50th anniversary of "The Perfect Gift Brings People Together." A pyrotechnic display and jolly tunes will create a celebratory mood- and an invitation by a certain Mrs will melt your heart.
Saks Fifth Avenue
Fifth Avenue at 49th Street
For the first time ever, Disney and Saks have teamed up to create window displays based on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to help celebrate the movie’s 80th anniversary!
There will even be a special unveiling event where Descendants star Sofia Carson will perform, backed by a 40-person choir. Snow White, Prince Charming, and the Seven Dwarfs will also be on hand for the event. The event is called “Once Upon a Holiday” and will show off the 14 windows with animated scenery.
This is also the first time Saks will animate all of the windows! The windows will depict different scenes from the iconic movie, and will surely dazzle and amaze visitors of all ages!