Behold the Magical Tradition of NYC Holiday Windows
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. New Year's Eve in Times Square. These are among the most treasured holiday traditions in NYC. Artfully extravagant Manhattan window displays at department stores across town are right up there as well, affording shoppers festive, museum-worthy installations to stay in the spirit since the late 1800s. Best of all, just like window shopping itself, enjoying these magical designer displays is always totally free. Here are a few of our favorites:
754 Fifth Avenue
Perhaps the most ornate, transportive, and otherworldly windows of the year, "Destination Extraordinary" immerses passersby in an exotic land of imagination.
Saks Fifth Avenue
611 Fifth Avenue
True works of art fill the "Cabinet of Curiosities" display, inspired by the fragrances of Christian Louboutin, while Saks' famous "Land of 1,000 Delights" evokes The Nutcracker. Don't miss the one-of-a-kind dresses in "Candy Couture" either, featuring dresses designed in the spirit of holiday candies.
Lord & Taylor
424 Fifth Avenue
A gorgeous wonderland of 34 handmade animals, designers spent nine months creating this "Enchanted Forest" of ice-skating bunnies, friendly bears, and dancing raccoons.
Barneys New York
660 Madison Avenue
The characters of South Park mingle with the unbridled mind of artist/musician Nick Cave, as well as a handful of other artists, in an inspiring project known as "Love, Peace, and Joy." Audiences are invited to participate by sharing happy moments on social media, tagging #LovePeaceJoyProject. For each post, Barneys will donate $5 to charity.
151 W. 34th Street
No holiday window tour is complete without stopping by the site of "The Miracle on 34th Street." This year the retailer celebrates with interactive features designed to measure your Christmas spirit.