Holiday windows in New York City

These iconic department-store window displays add some eye candy to your holiday shopping spree.

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  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Saks Fifth Avenue holiday windows

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Saks Fifth Avenue holiday windows

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Saks Fifth Avenue holiday windows

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Saks Fifth Avenue holiday windows

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Saks Fifth Avenue holiday windows

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Saks Fifth Avenue holiday windows

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Saks Fifth Avenue holiday windows

  • Photograph: Jena Cumbo

    Saks Fifth Avenue holiday windows

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Bloomingdale's holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Bloomingdale's holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Bloomingdale's holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Bloomingdale's holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Bloomingdale's holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Bloomingdale's holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Bloomingdale's holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Bloomingdale's holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Bloomingdale's holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Henri Bendel holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Henri Bendel holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Henri Bendel holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Henri Bendel holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Henri Bendel holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Henri Bendel holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Henri Bendel holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Henri Bendel holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Henri Bendel holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Henri Bendel holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Henri Bendel holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

    Macy's holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

    Macy's holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

    Macy's holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

    Macy's holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

    Macy's holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

    Macy's holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

    Macy's holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

    Macy's holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

    Macy's holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Lauren Spinelli

    Macy's holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Lord & Taylor holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Lord & Taylor holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Lord & Taylor holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Lord & Taylor holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Lord & Taylor holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Lord & Taylor holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Lord & Taylor holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Lord & Taylor holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Lord & Taylor holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Lord & Taylor holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Lord & Taylor holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Barneys holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Barneys holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Barneys holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Barneys holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Barneys holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Barneys holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Barneys holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Barneys holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Barneys holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Barneys holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Luciana Golcman

    Barneys holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Tiffany & Co. holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Tiffany & Co. holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Tiffany & Co. holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Tiffany & Co. holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Tiffany & Co. holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Tiffany & Co. holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Tiffany & Co. holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Tiffany & Co. holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Tiffany & Co. holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Tiffany & Co. holiday windows 2013

  • Photograph: Jessica Lin

    Tiffany & Co. holiday windows 2013

Photograph: Jena Cumbo

Saks Fifth Avenue holiday windows

Half the fun of holiday shopping in New York is ogling the tricked-out window displays along Fifth Avenue that pop up to coincide with the merriest, spendiest time of the year. In between picking out sweaters and other stylish gifts for your loved ones, stop outside Macy’s, Barneys and other classic department stores to take in holiday windows that feature famous cartoonists, iconic New York attractions and more.


Recommended: Christmas in New York guide


Holiday windows in New York City 2013

Barneys holiday windows

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  • Free

This year, the Madison Avenue shop incorporates video, light installations and more forward-thinking concepts into its holiday displays. The theme is "A New York Holiday," and elements include an interactive scene with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a "floating city" created with 3-D mapping and light projections.

  1. Barneys New York 660 Madison Ave, at 61st St
  2. Thu Dec 4 - Wed Dec 31
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Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows

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  • Free

Bergdorf Goodman was inspired by ice this year: The shop's holiday windows all present variations on the theme "Holidays on Ice," with displays devoted to Halloween (with a masquerade party), Valentine's Day and even Arbor Day. (Ice-skating trees? One can hope.)

  1. Bergdorf Goodman 754 Fifth Ave, at 58th St
  2. Until Mon Jan 6
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Bloomingdale's holiday windows

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  • Free

This year's holiday windows at Bloomie's puts the famous brown shopping bags into different shopping scenes around the world—everywhere from China and France to Great Britain and Italy (and, of course, Bloomingdale's right here in New York City).

  1. Bloomingdale's 1000 Third Ave, at 59th St, 10022
  2. Thu Dec 4 - Wed Dec 31
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Henri Bendel holiday windows

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  • Free

Henri Bendel has partnered with the estate of Al Hirschfeld to create window displays inspired by the celebrated cartoonist's work. In one window, you'll see 3-D depictions of celebs like Sarah Jessica Parker, Liza Minnelli and Woody Allen; in the store itself, Bendel's giant tree becomes a playhouse for a model of Charlie Chaplin.

  1. Henri Bendel 712 Fifth Ave, at 56th St
  2. Wed Dec 3 - Wed Dec 31
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Lord & Taylor holiday windows

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  • Free

This year's windows are inspired by vintage New York City experiences, including a retro scene of Lord & Taylor (look for Santa chatting with kids about what's on their wish list, men beting fitted for holiday attire and more).

  1. Lord & Taylor 424 Fifth Ave, between 38th and 39th Sts
  2. Until Sun Dec 29
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Macy's holiday windows

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  • Free

Boasting a "Dream...and Believe" theme, Macy's 2013 holiday windows depict a young boy's journey through a magical dreamland. The six windows on the Broadway side of the store—Dream, Giving & Sharing, Joy, Beauty, Magic and Believe—use technology and LED lights to tell the story. Visiting families can also view the classic "Yes, Virginia..." windows on the 34th street side of the store.

  1. Macy's Herald Square 151 W 34th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Wed Dec 10 - Wed Dec 31
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Saks Fifth Avenue holiday windows

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  • Free

This year, Saks debuted a new Snowflake Spectacular, a 3-D light show that plays out across the department store's exterior each evening. The dazzling display is just one element of the shop's holiday celebration: Window displays tell the story of the Saks Yeti, and also include an interactive window where visitors can display their own Yeti name (visit saks.com/snow for more details).

  1. Saks Fifth Avenue 611 Fifth Ave, at 49th St
  2. Thu Dec 4 - Wed Dec 31
More info

Tiffany & Co. holiday windows

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  • Free

Behind the windows into which Holly Golightly once gazed so admiringly, Tiffany's conjures an image of a yuppie wintertime fantasia: the Upper East Side on Christmas Eve. The miniature brownstone scenes are replete with tiny chandeliers and garlands, and those well-known baby-blue boxes are strewn beneath the trees.

  1. Tiffany & Co. 727 Fifth Ave, between 56th and 57th Sts
  2. Thu Dec 4 - Wed Dec 31
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Users say

6 comments
gaby
gaby

Every year stores bring us the best of Christmas season with their window displays touting creativity and ingenuity, all of this perfectly illustrated in this ranking http://bit.ly/xmaswindowdisplays Competition is tough, but have to say that Harrods Express window in London has actually stolen my heart

gb
gb

if this review is for the web site, it stinks; today is Sept. 6 and I still only see info for 2012 - not helpful if I am planning to go in Dec. 2013!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hey Saks, what happened to Christmas?