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Holiday Window Displays In New York City

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New York City department stores and designer shops are all dressed up for the holidays. Glamorous decorations cover the windows of stores inside and out -- instantly creating a holiday-themed ambiance for visitors and locals.

This year, I can't seem to get enough of the sparkling Christmas lights, breathtaking garlands, and the elegant ornaments that decorate the city that I live in. I am constantly inspired by the enchanting and festive decorations -- and they always get me thinking about what I am going to be doing with my own holiday decorations the following year.

Here are some of my favorite holiday windows in New York City this winter.

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Here is Fendi on Fifth Avenue -- The lights on the icicles flashed and sparkled.

1 Here is Fendi on Fifth Avenue -- The lights on the icicles flashed and sparkled.

Here is a closer look at the lights outside of Fendi.

2 Here is a closer look at the lights outside of Fendi.

Armani did a beautiful job with their green decorations.

3 Armani did a beautiful job with their green decorations.

A close look at the Armani windows.

4 A close look at the Armani windows.

Lots of green was used in the window display as well.

5 Lots of green was used in the window display as well.

Gucci and the Trump Tower next to each other had beautiful lights.

6 Gucci and the Trump Tower next to each other had beautiful lights.

I love the big decorated wreath in the lobby of the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.

7 I love the big decorated wreath in the lobby of the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.

I love the combination of the yellow and silver lights.

8 I love the combination of the yellow and silver lights.

Tiffany's windows and doors are festive with big plush garlands and twinkling lights.

9 Tiffany's windows and doors are festive with big plush garlands and twinkling lights.

Lots of gold ornaments used to decorate Piaget's garland.

10 Lots of gold ornaments used to decorate Piaget's garland.

I love the window decorations this season at Bvlgari.

11 I love the window decorations this season at Bvlgari.

I buy my favorite cologne from Bvlgari.

12 I buy my favorite cologne from Bvlgari.

Burberry has a gorgeous display of snowflakes outside of their mid-town store.

13 Burberry has a gorgeous display of snowflakes outside of their mid-town store.

If you look above the entrance to Henri Bendel, you can see beautiful ballerinas.

14 If you look above the entrance to Henri Bendel, you can see beautiful ballerinas.

The Cartier store on Fifth Avenue sparkled with their yellow lights and garlands around the windows to the store and the giant gift wrapping on the building is shining bright all day.

15 The Cartier store on Fifth Avenue sparkled with their yellow lights and garlands around the windows to the store and the giant gift wrapping on the building is shining bright all day.

Juicy on Fifth Avenue had a fun reindeer display.

16 Juicy on Fifth Avenue had a fun reindeer display.

St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue is gorgeous year round.

17 St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue is gorgeous year round.

Right near the Rockefeller Center.

18 Right near the Rockefeller Center.

I love the three wreaths side by side.

19 I love the three wreaths side by side.

Approaching Rockefeller Center -- you can see the tree!

20 Approaching Rockefeller Center -- you can see the tree!

It's always exciting to see the beautiful holiday decorations in Rockefeller Center.

21 It's always exciting to see the beautiful holiday decorations in Rockefeller Center.

Even during the day, the display of decorations are beautiful!

22 Even during the day, the display of decorations are beautiful!

Tous has a playful display of polar bears in their windows.

23 Tous has a playful display of polar bears in their windows.

Skaters enjoying their afternoon below the Christmas tree.

24 Skaters enjoying their afternoon below the Christmas tree.

The Rockefeller Center tree is typically a Norway Spruce and over five miles of lights are used to decorate the tree every year!

25 The Rockefeller Center tree is typically a Norway Spruce and over five miles of lights are used to decorate the tree every year!

There is a restaurant with a great view of the ice rink for those who prefer to watch the skaters.

26 There is a restaurant with a great view of the ice rink for those who prefer to watch the skaters.

I love the holiday statues placed around the the rink.

27 I love the holiday statues placed around the the rink.

Another statue of a drummer.

28 Another statue of a drummer.

A different view of the skating rink (the Christmas tree is to the left but out of the photograph).

29 A different view of the skating rink (the Christmas tree is to the left but out of the photograph).

Every year the tree is recycled after the holiday and it is turned into 3 tons of mulch, which is then donated to the Boy Scouts.

30 Every year the tree is recycled after the holiday and it is turned into 3 tons of mulch, which is then donated to the Boy Scouts.

Here is one of Saks Fifth Avenue's window displays.

31 Here is one of Saks Fifth Avenue's window displays.

Another Saks window display -- visitors flock to see the different windows.

32 Another Saks window display -- visitors flock to see the different windows.

Lord & Taylor and had a beautiful display in their windows.

33 Lord & Taylor and had a beautiful display in their windows.

Many of the displays moved.

34 Many of the displays moved.

This Lord & Taylor display had a Santa and reindeer that would fly across above the rooftops.

35 This Lord & Taylor display had a Santa and reindeer that would fly across above the rooftops.

I love the vintage Santa that is checking his list (twice).

36 I love the vintage Santa that is checking his list (twice).

This display is so charming -- showing the different scenes of Christmas.

37 This display is so charming -- showing the different scenes of Christmas.

Walking down Fifth Avenue, I reached Madison Square Park.

38 Walking down Fifth Avenue, I reached Madison Square Park.

The Home Depot on 23rd Street had a colorful window display.

39 The Home Depot on 23rd Street had a colorful window display.

This December, Barney's has a themed window display,

40 This December, Barney's has a themed window display, "Have a Foodie Holiday."

Martha is in one of the windows!

41 Martha is in one of the windows!

The Barney's window display continues...

42 The Barney's window display continues...

The male Food Network stars have their own window.

43 The male Food Network stars have their own window.

Another window display at Barney's.

44 Another window display at Barney's.

A photograph of Guy Fieri in the window display at Barney's.

45 A photograph of Guy Fieri in the window display at Barney's.

A stew with faux flames.

46 A stew with faux flames.

FAO Schwartz on Fifth Avenue has a greeter outside of their doors.

47 FAO Schwartz on Fifth Avenue has a greeter outside of their doors.

The window display at FAO Schwartz.

48 The window display at FAO Schwartz.

A Bergdorf Goodman window display on Fifth Avenue.

49 A Bergdorf Goodman window display on Fifth Avenue.

A shining, glittering window display at Bergdorf Goodman -- I love the wild crocodile on the lower right.

50 A shining, glittering window display at Bergdorf Goodman -- I love the wild crocodile on the lower right.

I love the sailor theme in this window display at Bergdorf Goodman.

51 I love the sailor theme in this window display at Bergdorf Goodman.

A closer look at the sailor display.

52 A closer look at the sailor display.

The useof red is this display is stunning.

53 The useof red is this display is stunning.

The garlands around the windows and doors at Van Cleef & Arpels is beautiful.

54 The garlands around the windows and doors at Van Cleef & Arpels is beautiful.

Louis Vuitton luggage is stacked in one of their windows.

55 Louis Vuitton luggage is stacked in one of their windows.

Down in Herald Square, outside of Macy's, is a huge snow globe with a real Mini Cooper inside.

56 Down in Herald Square, outside of Macy's, is a huge snow globe with a real Mini Cooper inside.

Entering Herald Square.

57 Entering Herald Square.

A courtyard in Herald Square outside of Macy's.

58 A courtyard in Herald Square outside of Macy's.

Outside of Macy's!

59 Outside of Macy's!

Even during the day the holiday lights are shining.

60 Even during the day the holiday lights are shining.

Several Christmas trees are decorated with lights and they stand on a platform above the main entrance to Macy's.

61 Several Christmas trees are decorated with lights and they stand on a platform above the main entrance to Macy's.

In Herald Square outside of Macy's.

62 In Herald Square outside of Macy's.

Club Monoco had a fun display of stockings in their Fifth Avenue window display.

63 Club Monoco had a fun display of stockings in their Fifth Avenue window display.

I love the rainbow colors of ornaments in the Kate Spade windows.

64 I love the rainbow colors of ornaments in the Kate Spade windows.

I love the garlands that hang around the Ralph Lauren stores in the West Village.

65 I love the garlands that hang around the Ralph Lauren stores in the West Village.

Pinecones are found throughout the garlands, and they add the perfect touch to the holiday decorations.

66 Pinecones are found throughout the garlands, and they add the perfect touch to the holiday decorations.

Little Marc Jacobs store has an adorable display of winter animals that have bright lights hanging around them.

67 Little Marc Jacobs store has an adorable display of winter animals that have bright lights hanging around them.

The children's Ralph Lauren store in the West Village has similar garlands like the adult clothing store.

68 The children's Ralph Lauren store in the West Village has similar garlands like the adult clothing store.

The frosted glass and indoor snowy garlands complete the window display.

69 The frosted glass and indoor snowy garlands complete the window display.

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Comments (8)

  • many moons ago, used to work in the city, first on spring street then off fifth and 57th. no better place to be in the world than nyc during xmas. i wanna live the life of a kevin. enjoy holidays, y'all.

  • Gorgeous window displays! Love love New York, usually I vist in the Summer should go in Winter, while London I visit in both summer and winter. Love Matha's display window.

  • I just love new york at christmas time.

  • I love this! Coming to NYC next week and plan on checking these out. I love that the Fendi store lights are meant to look like a belt. Just gorgeous.

  • Love the window tour! Thanks, Kevin, happy holidays to you!

  • there are 2 things i miss about nyc and xmas time is one of them (the other is the scalion pancake at new green bo!). i saw the mini country man car ad in san francisco last night and it was cute! wish i could see the sno globes but no $ for a visit this year :( sorry sf i love you but you are no new york!

  • Thanks for sharing these spectacular photographs! And happy birthday to you! Mine was the 18th as well!!

  • Thank you SO much for posting all of these fantastic photos Kevin! I was just in NYC last Friday with my mother to see all the windows and a show and your photos were WAY better than the ones I took. I plan on sharing your blog post with all of my friends :) . Well done. Merry Christmas!!

    Emily
    xoxo

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