Some of the best holiday attractions in New York City include Christmas and holiday storefronts. Not only can tourists enjoy these holiday window displays at Herald Square and Fifth Avenue, but locals also experience a joy that only comes once a year. The ornate holiday displays, adorned with hundreds of Christmas lights and other winter wonderland decor, are so impressive that they're reason enough to take a stroll downtown. Edition Time-out told us which 5 shop windows are definitely worth seeing.
1. Bergdorf goodman
Bergdorf Goodman's incredible window displays are back this year with particularly brilliant elements based on the Isn't it Brilliant theme. They shine with lights, mirrors, chrome, ice, dazzling surfaces and bright neon.
Each of the seven windows represents a different approach to the topic and tells its own story. For example, First Light features a collection of pets covered in mirror mosaics.
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The Best and Brightest display is all about knowledge and learning, with vintage-style signage, flashing lights and neon lighting to signify the idea.
On 58th Street, Tripping the Light Fantastic is "high drama" with disco-ball-like winged pegasuses outlined in neon lights in a Venetian mirror-lined interior. The display cases feature exhibits from Thom Browne, CD Greene, Balmain, Rodarte, Alexander McQueen, Naeem Khan, Simone Rocha, Jil Sander, Christopher John Rogers, Paco Rabanne and others.
2. Saks Fifth Avenue
Saks Fifth Avenue collaborated with Dior to create a magical Carousel of Dreams featuring Dior's star and clover, as well as zodiac signs, "reminiscent of the founding couturier's unique legacy and his lucky talismans."
It is decorated with an abundance of flowers that light up every evening in a dazzling light show. Saks displays showcase Dior styles and icons, and inside the Dior Parfums store on the Saks cosmetics floor there is a special area featuring holiday offerings of Dior cosmetics, fragrances and skincare products, available only at Saks.
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3. Macy's Herald Square
Macy's is bringing back the fun-loving woodland character Tipto, a fawn who was too shy to fly until he learned to believe in himself. Last year, Tipto celebrated "holiday nostalgia," and this year he is shown enjoying the holiday fun with his forest friends, a polar bear and a penguin. Each window features whimsical materials and interactive elements, including a special karaoke machine, to reference Macy's holiday theme, "Give Love."
Bloomingdale's is all about Wonka this holiday season. The store's windows are designed to make you feel like you're in Willy Wonka's candy factory. In honor of the holiday that Bloomingdale's calls "The Best Holiday Ever," the displays feature colorful, vibrant displays filled with glitter and oversized candies inspired by the film.
5. Raising Cane's
Raising Cane's, a new restaurant chain coming to New York City, is killing it this holiday season with super cute windows in Times Square. It's the first storefront in the chain's history to feature its golden retriever mascot Kane in a series of "playful vignettes." In various storefronts, Kane walks through a dazzling light show during a holiday parade, rides in a taxi with Santa around town, buys toys at the Bryant Park Holiday Market, and rings in the New Year in Times Square.
The display cases feature iconic New York City locations including Fifth Avenue, the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building, the Paramount Building, Bryant Park, Radio City Music Hall, Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center and Times Square.
You'll find three snowmen, six nutcrackers, five Santa Clauses, 100 ornaments, 17 New York City buildings, four hidden elves, a mini Texas Toast sofa, as well as at least 3000 lights and over 100 custom graphics.
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