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Go on a virtual tour of all the city's best holiday windows

Rebecca Fontana

If you’re not going to be in NYC this Christmas or if you just don’t want to deal with swarms of oblivious tourists on Fifth Avenue, you can take in all the twinkly lights of the city’s best holiday windows at home. Google just released the Winter Wonderland experience, which lets you digitally tour 18 stores’ window displays on your phone or computer. And, be honest, even if you’re a Christmas nut, you weren’t going to visit all 18 of those IRL.

The stores include Saks Fifth Avenue, Tiffany & Co., Bloomingdale’s and Lord & Taylor, and you can pause and zoom in to check out the details of the gingerbread men, Nutcracker ballerinas and South Park characters. It’s made by compiling high-res photos of all the displays, and it looks even better if you use a virtual reality headset. Goodbye, real world! You haven’t been so great this year anyway. 


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