Every year I make some time to stroll along Fifth Avenue and Madison Avenue and gaze (read gawk) and admire the beautiful holiday window displays in The City’s famous department stores. This is a real annual Christmas tradition in the Big Apple. Velvet ropes guide the long lines past the amazing, creative dioramas and mechanical scenes. The competition for the BEST display windows is always intense, but during Christmas time, it’s fierce. The themes are varied; Some stores like Macy’s and Lord & Taylor often gear their windows to appeal to children. Bloomingdales and Saks seem to blend child-like appeal with current events and yet add enough sophistication to charm adults. When you get to Bergdorf Goodman’s, be prepared to be dazzled! The tall windows of Bergdorf’s are usually spectacular, over the top and definitely designed for their clientele. That goes for Tiffany’s also – this year their windows are literally dazzling – think diamonds!
While many of my readers live in the Tri-State area and many make the seasonal trek to the big City to shop, look at The Tree and ice skaters in Rockefeller Center and take in the Christmas Show at Radio City Music Hall, and check out the windows, many of you cannot. So if you can’t come to the Windows, the windows will come to you. Check out this short video featuring just a few of the splendorific holiday displays.
Saks Fifth Avenue is bringing fairy tale princesses to life with the likes of Cinderella and Rapunzel.
Lord & Taylor is featuring an enchanted mansion replete with fairies and butterflies.
Bloomingdales wasn’t in that video, so here’s a peek at their artful design. If you log onto their mobile site, using your smartphone you can play interactive games with the window display and win prizes!