New York City is a wonderful place to visit during the holiday season, particularly because of the beautiful decorations at many city stores and landmarks. While it too early to know the exact date of each store display here is a preview of what is coming.
Before starting out It might help, in your planning, to include the following:
- The holiday windows at each store are unveiled on different schedules, but all should be on view from Thanksgiving through the New Year.
- Crowding is greatest on weekends and in the early evening.
- I think the holiday windows are best enjoyed when it is dark, but they can be appreciated during the day as well.
- It can be difficult to actually see the window decorations during the unveiling events because of crowding, but the performances and excitement can be fun!
- Bundle up! It gets cold and if you try to see all of them it will take two hours (or longer, depending on how many places you stop along the way.) I think waterproof shoes, knee socks, long coats, mittens and hats go a long way to keeping everyone happily exploring NYC. I suggest that you bring along a plastic shopping bag to hold extra clothing both to hold extra clothing you may be wearing or extra clothing for a change in the weather.
Lord & Taylor Holiday windows will be unveiled on November 12, 2015 at 6pm
Displays typically feature imagery and mechanical movements that make them both traditional and very enjoyable for families.
Henri Bendel Holiday windows will be unveiled the week of: NOVEMBER 17th
Be sure to include Henri Bendel on your NYC Christmas Holiday window walking tour….word on the street says that the theme this year will be an ench.anted garden
Tiffany’s Holiday windows will be unveiled the week of: November 14th
Tiffany windows are always a class act and this year, they are no exception. You will see scenes reminiscent of the sophistication of NYC in the 1950’s and ’60s highlighting Rockefeller Center, Times Square and Central Park, as well as an homage to the 75th anniversary of the 1939 New York World’s Fair. In addition to impressive window displays, the interior of the store features beautiful trees with decorations featuring the store’s signature blue.
Bloomingdale’s Holiday windows will be unveiled NOVEMBER 18th
Bergdorf Goodman’sHoliday windows will be unveiled NOVEMBER 18th
Elegant, intricate and extravagant are words that we’ve heard to describe the Christmas windows at Bergdorf Goodman, and we suspect that this year will be the same. As per their blog, the “Visual Team were inspired by The Arts this year, with a dazzling windows celebrating: Literature, Architecture, Theater, Painting, Dance, Sculpture and Film”.
Barneys Holiday windows will be unveiled: November 17th
This year, Hollywood director (Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby) Baz Luhrmann and his costume designer wife, Catherine Martin, will be transforming Barney’s and the holiday windows to “BAZ DAZZLED” a “magical world” with “fantastical characters, woodland creatures, ice skaters, snow owls and candy canes.” Each window will have its own theme and soundtrack recorded by the a cappella group Pentatonix.
Barneys holiday windows are New York City’s most unusual. They tend to be very “of the moment” and highlight contemporary themes and are usually different than the holiday windows you’ll see at any other store.
Macy’s Herald Square Holiday windows will be unveiled NOVEMBER 20th
The first department store in NYC to feature Christmas windows, since the 1870’s, Macy’s Herald Square is sure to dazzle once again this year. Little information has been revealed about the 2013 windows, so it is unknown what theme they are highlighting. However, it is known that there will be over 5,000 LED lights.
No information as yet on theme of windows…will continue to update.
Macy’s has two sets of windows with holiday displays — one set on Broadway between 34th & 35th Streets, and another set along 34th Street. The windows along 34th Street have been from “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Yes, Virginia” (a modern adaptation of the same story,) while the windows along Broadway change each year.
Saks Fifth Avenue Holiday Windows will be unveiled NOVEMBER 20
This year’s theme, “The Winter Palace”, a completely new concept for the store, will feature 225,000 points of controlled lights and a “Winter Wonders of the World” theme (think: China, the Colosseum and the Great Barrier Reef)
Saks Fifth Avenue is located on Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets. The holiday windows at Saks are playful and fun to see, and are often particularly appealing to children and their families.