I’m from, well, all over the place, having moved countless times around the country as a child. For simplicity’s sake, let’s just say I’m mostly from the midwest. Lynn is from Malaysia. So, as you might imagine, we have quite an eclectic mishmash of traditions between the two of us. This gives us reason to celebrate throughout the entire year, which is a lot of fun. However, I’ve found that what I particularly enjoy are the new traditions we’ve created throughout our journey together. One such tradition that began a few years back was our annual late-night pilgrimage to the department store holiday windows in New York City.
We like using this route, which takes us past the big players and also gives us plenty of eye candy from specialty designer stores along the way. It’s also scarcely a mile in total, which is manageable by most even in frigid temperatures. The route terminates at Saks Fifth Avenue, where you can enjoy the evening light show then cross the street to Rockefeller Center for more holiday fun.
Here are some of our favorite holiday windows from the 2018 season:
Bloomingdale’s flagship store often meets the holiday window challenge–more than half a year in the making–with a collaboration. This year, it partnered with Illumination and Universal Pictures’ Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch! With animation, interactive elements and visually stunning designs, this year’s windows should be fun for the entire family.
Barneys New York
This year, Barneys New York also entered into a partnership for its holiday windows, but took a little different tack. They collaborated with Save the Children, an international NGO that promotes children’s rights, provides relief, and helps support children in developing countries. The theme of the windows was Change that Counts, a reference to how giving a little–pennies, in this case–can make a big difference. More than 2 million pennies were used by Barney’s creative team to craft the displays. But the best part is, if you share the hashtag #centiments with @barneysny, the Barneys New York Foundation will donate $5 to Save the Children for every post up to $150,000.
What to do when you’ve been a Fifth Avenue mainstay for 125 years? Well, if you’re Bergdorf Goodman, you give pilgrims a taste of something sweet. The title for this year’s holiday windows displays is “Bergdorf Goodies”, where holiday treats like peppermint candy canes, extravagant gingerbread houses, chocolates and bright, neon confections were used to construct their incredible windows. Bergdorf Goodman pushes the envelope every year, and this year was no exception.
Saks Fifth Avenue
Sponsored by MasterCard, and in partnership with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the theme for Saks Fifth Avenue’s 2018 holiday windows displays is Theater of Dreams. Each window on the Fifth Avenue side depicts scenes from a “shopper’s dream”, whereas around the corner on the 49th Street side, the windows reflect the “grandeur of the Broadway stage.” For the first time in their 94 year history, Saks Fifth Avenue’s traditional props are accompanied by digital screen technology to create a surreal, dreamlike vignette.
If this holiday windows route leaves you wanting, there are more free holiday activities in New York City that you can choose to partake in. No matter how big or small your celebration, Lynn and I hope you have a safe and relaxing holiday season!
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