Fifth Ave Holiday Windows

When I went to NYC for the first time in November of 2004, we made sure to stop by a few holiday tourist attractions. We attended the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, we saw the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and we visited the tree in Rockefeller Center. We also did some shopping on Fifth Avenue, but were  too early in the season to see the department store window displays, which totally bummed me out. Since then I've always checked them out online, wishing I could window shop in person.

Barneys' theme is titled Baz Dazzled. Film director Baz Luhrmann, costume designer Catherine Martin (who is Luhrmann's wife), and Barneys’ Dennis Freedman created displays with live performances and mechanical masterworks, all set to Christmas tunes by Pentatonix. Check out the windows in motion here.

Lord & Taylor's whimsical windows display the interior of an enchanted mansion. Rooms include the Hertiage Gallery and Hall of Wisdom, which are filled with surprises big and small, all celebrating the building's 100-year history. For the first time ever hydraulics and video wall technology were used in the elaborate settings.


Saks Fifth Avenue's An Enchanted Experience features fairy tale automatons. Each windows takes on a classic story, but in a New York setting. Rumpelstiltskin spins straw into gold in a subway tunnel, Cinderella's arrives at the Saks Ball, Rapunzel swings from her hair off the Empire State Building, Little Red Riding Hood encounters the wolf at The Plaza, Sleeping Beauty slumbers in Central Park, and Snow White is being tempted by an apple in Times Square.

Tiffany & Co's paper cut dioramas depict winter scenes set in iconic city spots. Rockefeller Center, Central Park, and Times Square are littered with little blue boxes and jewelry and a light show illuminates the facade of the store every fifteen minutes. 

Bergdorf Goodman's windows are an ode to the arts. Displays are full of mirrors, shiny instruments, and tricks of perspective to honor theater, music, film, sculpture, architecture, dance, painting, and literature. 

Macy's theme is Santa's Journey To The Stars. It's the story of a boy who receives a magical telescope that allows him to see Christmas on other planets. The six-window display also includes an interactive game to play as you go.

Which display is your favorite?
I love Saks and Tiffany, but I think Bergdorf's is the best this year.


Elle Sees said...

nyc for xmas is on my wishlist, just to see these windows!!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I love the NYC windows!

I always love Macy's.

I really like Barney's too.

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I like the Tiffany's display. Can't wait to go to NYC someday!

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

I love Christmas displays...I love them all even when they don't look pretty {has happened before}. Hahaha. It just instantly puts me in the holiday spirit.

Karen M. Peterson said...

I think Tiffany's is my favorite!

I can't wait to go back to NYC. Hopefully one day I'll get there during the holiday season.