It has been a cold winter but the weather warmed up a little so I went for a brief walk on 5th Avenue. In a previous post, I opined how there are only a few stores left that really do Christmas well.
Fortunately, those that remain are living up to reputations of creating outstanding windows. I managed to get to a few of them along 5th Avenue and plan on getting to a few on Madison Avenue.
Bergdorf Goodman, the department store on Fifth Avenue between 57th and 58th streets always has some of the most artistic and luxurious holiday windows. This year’s theme is “Bergdorf Good Times,” which “evokes a time-honored spirit of a holiday fête but with a twist” according to the department store. ( I enjoyed the color and fashion but overall each window seemed very busy.
Note: Across the street is their men’s store -many people miss it!
The entire building of Cartier’s Fifth Avenue store is wrapped in a giant bow in the company’s signature red. I don’t think it has changed in several years.
Saks Fifth Avenue has its windows in honor of the new animated films Frozen 2.
The following is a quick rundown of other notable stores.
Dior is a luxury label’s designer fashion store, also selling cosmetics, jewelry & other accessories.
There are few stores as intrinsically associated with New York City as the Tiffany & Co. flagship store on Fifth Avenue. It was through those windows that Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly stared as she ate her morning croissant in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
ere are some photos of windows along the way
Along with the stores above, there are plenty of holiday lights and displays located throughout the city. So, enjoy!
Note:Sadly, Lord & Taylor, Henri Bendel, Harry Winston and Ralph Lauren have closed.
Today, I took a walk on 7th Avenue from west 57th st to west 52nd. Turned east and walked to the Paley Building (25 w 52nd) and then walked up to west 57th. This an easy walk and I added a stop at the Paley building and the 21 club.
If visiting the. city and if you will be walking down 5th Avenue then this is a great stop for you and your family. Literally, it is just around the corner (w 52) from 5th Avenue
The Paley Center for Media celebrates the joy of the season with a special family friendly experience. It’s Holiday Time in PaleyLand features continuous daily screenings of beloved classic holiday TV programs from the Paley Archive. Families can also enjoy special holiday activities like arts and crafts, dreidel games, and FREE hot cocoa!
December 8, 2018, to January 6, 2019, in New York
Wednesdays to Sundays 12:00 to 6:00 pm; Thursdays until 8:00 pm
Perhaps the best known feature of 21 is the line of painted cast iron lawn jockey statues which adorns the balcony above the entrance. In the 1930s, some of the affluent customers of the bar began to show their appreciation by presenting 21 with jockeys painted to represent the racing colors of the stables they owned. There are 33 jockeys on the exterior of the building, and 2 more inside the doors.
Interesting: a couple going into the club with matching shoes
You are probably familiar with these New Yorkers who helped establish the representation of Santa Claus.
Washington Irving popularized the character with his “Knickerbocker’s History of New York” in 1809, which was an imaginative tale of a jolly Saint Nicholas in colonial attire who climbed down chimneys, unlike the figure in Dutch tradition.
Clement Clark Moore is credited with writing “An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas” — or, as many now know it, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” — in 1822. The poem notably described Santa’s eight reindeer, his twinkly eyes and his belly that shook like a bowl full of jelly.
Thomas Nast — an influential editorial cartoonist at Harper’s Weekly — drew the image of what many consider the modern-day Santa, an elderly man with red rosy cheeks and a long white beard dressed in a red suit, the museum exhibit claims.
How much do you know about Christmas?
◊ At the Washington Square Market,Chambers and Greenwich Streets, the first NYC open-air Christmas tree market was born.
In 1851 a woodsman named Mark Carr, living in the Catskill Mountains, chopped down a selection of fir and spruce trees, shoved them into two ox sleds, carted them over to Manhattan on a ferry, and set up shop in the market, paying one dollar for the privilege of selling his rather prickly merchandise. Also, According to legend, Clement Moore had been inspired that day during an outing to Washington Market to purchase a Christmas turkey.
◊ In New York City there are, or recently have been, three schools solely for the training of Santa Clauses.
◊ In New York City we have St. Nicholas Cathedral
◊ We also have St. Nicholas Avenue and St. Nicholas Arena, not to mention the beauty shop, drug store, etc., quite irreverently dedicated to the saint.
◊ St. Nicholas over the door to the baptistery at St. John the Divine is our saint.
◊ The Clements History contains no less than twenty-five allusions to Santa. There is the description of Santa Claus bringing gifts, parking his horse and wagon on the roof while he slides down the chimney.
◊ In Buffalo and like places where there was a heavy concentration of Germans who immigrated around 1840, St. Nicholas would call at each home on Nicholas Eve, December 5th, to take orders for presents to be delivered on Christmas. The custom has now disappeared.
◊ In the Dutch communities of Michigan and Iowa, St. Nicholas used to call with oranges and switches on December 6th.
◊ The post office at Santa Claus, Indiana (established 1852, population still less than 100), handles nearly four million pieces of mail yearly, and even in midsummer is a tourists’ paradise.
◊ North Pole, in the Adirondacks,exists as the incidence signs on car bumpers testifies.
◊ Sixty new books specifically about Christmas were published in 1952. Six had Santa Claus as their theme.
Also, the Library of Congress lists, for the single year 1947 alone, twenty-two new songs with Santa Claus as the first word in the song
It seems that every Christmas I get to walk down Madison Avenue. This year, I only walked one block – but what a block. Stores like Choe, Gucci and Prada are but a few stores with interesting windows – they were not really holiday oriented (my opinion) but all featured the same accessory.
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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 & TaylorHoliday windows will be unveiled onNovember 12, 2015 at 6pm
Displays typically feature imagery and mechanical movements that make them both traditional and very enjoyable for families.
Henri BendelHoliday 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’sHoliday 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’sHoliday 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”.
BarneysHoliday 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 AvenueHoliday 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.
There are only a few major stores in NYC that create Christmas Windows. Bergdorf Goodman, I feel is the most creative of all the stores.The creative departments at Bergdorf Goodman created a set of windows celebrating the arts. For their main windows they settled on literature, architecture,theater, painting,music, dance sculpture and film.The literature window has been made entirely from fabric, soft sculpture and needlework. The architecture window has been built completely from paper and old blueprints. The theater window is a sort of apotheosis of neon.(2014)
Across 5th Avenue are two other stores of note –
I thought these windows were interesting
Finally made it to Sak’s.
This year, Saks debuted a new Snowflake Spectacular, a 3-D light show that plays out across the department store’s exterior each evening. Also, the windows depict an Enchanted Experience” boasting colorful scenes integrating LED lights, strobes, up-lights, video projections and music. The display, which showcases scenes from classic fairy tales with iconic New York locations as the backdrop.