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Check out the most stunning Christmas window displays in NYC

New York’s spectacular Christmas window displays making holiday shopping in the city extra fun and festive

Shaye Weaver
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Shaye Weaver
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One of the best holiday attractions in NYC is its Christmas and holiday window displays at its department stores. Tourists aren't the only ones who can enjoy these festive showcases in Herald Square and Fifth Avenue—even for locals, they hold a dreamy nostalgia that only comes once a year. These ornate holiday windows decked out with hundreds of Christmas lights and more winter wonderland decor are so impressive, they can be reason enough to stroll through midtown. Just wait until after the majority of tourists have gone to bed to you can see up-close for yourself. For all the information you need to know about this year’s Christmas windows, read on below. And if you want to remain in the holiday spirit, we have recommendations on where to go ice skating in NYC, and then Christmas-themed bars (like Rolf's) where you can go to warm up afterward. 

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Christmas window displays in New York

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  • Midtown West
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Bergdorf Goodman is back at it with more eye-popping window displays this year all based on the theme "The Present Moment." Each window is a vignette that highlights celebration, discovery and mindfulness through playful and painting-like scenes, from mannequins hanging out on fire escapes with city cats to a window full of all kinds of fabulous flying animals and insects.

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  • Upper East Side
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Bloomie's windows this year are inspired by its "Give Happy" campaign, which incorporates cheerful colors in a color block design across five of its Lexington Avenue windows and an "entry window" that brings all the hues together in a neon gradient. Each window presents a festive scene with whimsical sculptures and delightful objects set to video walls with a nostalgic nod but a modern and unexpected twist. The "Let's Celebrate" window contains a larger-than-life robot that emerges from a screen with 3D components including a window viewers can see themselves in. The "Cool Games" window features a blue and white igloo display featuring a penguin family, dressed in stylish clothing. Viewers can discover old-school video games and many other gems in the scene. The "Magical Memories" window looks like a music box with a spinning ballerina in a seashell. Mirrored sidewalls with ornate molding complete the pink and purple-themed scene. The "Cozy Comforts" window is all about crochet, featuring crochet-covered mannequins seated in a crochet loveseat. The crochet theme extends into the walls and floor which are adorned in crochet fabrics. Strings of multicolor lights frame the top of the scene with yarn-inspired visuals on the video wall. The "Totally Rad" window is psychedelic with a 1980s-themed dinosaur with retro geographic visuals that extend into the walls. Finally, the "Red Wrap-ture" window shows a gift-wrapping atelier scene with a spinning mannequin being wrapped in a beautiful fabric by a second mannequin. The duo is surrounded by side walls with bolts of fabric and wrapping material. In the background, a video wall showcases abstract flowing ribbons.

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  • Department stores
  • Midtown East
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In addition to the iconic Saks Fifth Avenue holiday light spectacular that uses over 700,000 programmed LED lights on the ten-story-tall facade of the building to music like Darlene Love’s “Christmas—Baby Please Come Home” and The Turtles’ “So Happy Together,” as well as Carol of the Bells, The Nutcracker’s Russian Dance and more, the store is back with a whimsical and vibrate holiday window display. Saks asked New York-area children, including members of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, to draw what they want to do with loved ones for the holidays. Their responses included carnivals, sweets, games and getaways, which have been brought to life across Sak's six windows.

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