Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Best Holiday Windows in NYC...

One of the things I was looking forward to was spending Christmas in New York with all the atmosphere. I had high hopes of brilliant lights, amazing trees, out of this world decorations and displays.

We headed to Macy's Department store on the morning of Christmas Eve. We arrived early hoping to beat the four hour long lines from the previous day to see Santa.

We were in luck and walked straight through to visit Santa. The theme was the Polar Express and we stood in a moving carriage and admired the decorations. Yasemin, Tilley and Max had some time with Santa and some photographs were taken.

On our way out we had a quick look at the Christmas windows. I had read that the best Santa and window displays were at Macy's - but I'm not so sure. Macy's were first this year and their theme was the Magic of Christmas.

I have visited 5th Avenue and was blown away with the windows and evening laser light displays.
Saks Fifth Avenue had the most wonderful 3D Christmas Light Show. You can watch on the Youtube video below.

This years Bergdorf Goodman's windows are inspired by all things Jazz Age, old Hollywood and glamorous. Their production takes nearly an entire year of planning. It is the Follies on Fifth Avenue.

Tiffany is displaying Home for the Holidays and captures all of the allure of the Tiffany & Company's iconic blue box! I think this was my favorite - no surprises here!

Henri Bendel continues with the Roaring 20's theme.  The main window features a replica of the store’s main selling floor circa 1920. It includes a gold-plated chandelier with Swarovski elements and a grand staircase with mirror panels, inspired by the first Henri Bendel location on 57th Street.

It is Lord & Taylor's 75th Anniversary. Their windows this year depicts a globe-trotting Santa Claus making the most of his day off and Holiday Traditions around the world. They were also the first store to have animated windows.

Bloomingdale's takes this year’s inspiration from the recently released movie, “Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away 3D.

I can't remember where I read that Macy's had the best Christmas window displays, but although I am undecided as to which are the best, Macy's just isn't in the running. Give me 5th Avenue any day!

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