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Holiday Window Displays

New York City can really get its holiday game on.  We are home to the 80-foot tree at Rockefeller Center as well as the world’s largest menorah.  And for those of us who pray to the Gods of Retail, we have the holiday display windows.  It’s seasonal art at its best, and often involves collaborations with designers from far and wide.  For a greatest-hits walking tour that most everyone should be able to manage (or tolerate, depending on who you’re with), we recommend the following route:

Some fun facts about the windows this year:

DSC00020Bloomingdales features windows designed by celebrity floral artist Jeff Leatham, who is also Artistic Director of the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris. The biggest hit is an interactive display that allows you to take a selfie and have it featured in the window minutes later!


DSC00076Barney’s windows reflect multiple partnerships, including one with Lexus, which all tie in with their icy theme. The Ice Castles window features a structure made of real icicles that are regularly misted so that it morphs and keeps the display dynamic.



DSC00082Bergdorf’s windows are in partnership with Swarovski in celebration of their 120th anniversary and feature millions of Swarovski crystals in each display.

DSC00118Tiffany’s windows are meant to evoke a luxurious winter wonderland, depicted in miniature theatres of the 19th century (in robin’s egg blue, of course).  There is also a light show that is inspired by the fireworks display at the 1939 New York World’s Fair for the Tiffany Diamond.


DSC00202Saks’ windows feature Winter Wonders of the World, with white, wintry miniature models of marvels such as the Taj Mahal and the Great Barrier Reef next to matching uber-chic companions.

If you’re #obsessed and want more:

Continue down Fifth Avenue to Lord and Taylor (at 39th Street), then take a right on 34th Street and head over to Macy’s for more out-of-this-world window displays!

Pair it with:

The Plaza Food Hall



The Plaza Hotel is a NYC icon featured in countless movies and TV shows, and happens to be smack-dab in the middle of the recommended route. The Food Hall is located in its basement and allows you to sample some of the best the city has to offer, whether you’re stopping in for a decadent dessert (try the cakes at Lady M) or an easy lunch (we’re partial to the lobster rolls at Luke’s). Rest your feet for a few minutes before you head back out into the glorious madness that awaits you on Fifth Avenue. Happy holidays!

For a complete list of all the food vendors available at the Plaza Food Hall, visit their website.

– L.

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