1 The windows at Bergdorf Goodman were ornate, luxurious, and beautiful. Their attention to detail is phenomenal and really shows in their windows year after year. This year's theme was Carnival of Animals. This window is called the "Brass Menagerie."
2 This black and white window featured zebras of course, but also had an array of furs, feathers, and other textures to give it dimension.
3 This window had animals carved in wood, taxidermy, leather, and feathers.
4 This window had an aquatic theme and had all sorts of glittery, sequins, and metallic accents to make it shine.
5 This window was called "Breaking the Ice" and featured wintery white animals and crystals of all kinds.
6 This very stylish mannequin brought a deer as her date.
7 These life-sized birds were dressed in couture to have their photo taken.
8 Even the less ornate windows at Bergdorf's were unique and beautiful. Here, animals are dressed in dapper tuxes.
9 This appliqued giraffe stole the show in this smaller window.
10 I love the glitz and glamour of this silver, sequined window.
11 The deers in this window were upholstered and showed off the detail in this gown perfectly.
12 This year, Macy's followed the story of Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus in their windows. This story was created because an eight year old girl named Virginia wrote a letter to a New York newspaper asking, "Is there a Santa Claus?" the editor responded with a piece about childhood and imagination, and since then the story has been shared year after year.
13 Just one of the many scenes depicted from the book and the animated series.
14 The librarian in this window moves back and forth on her ladder while Virginia is below reading a book.
15 A scene outside of The Sun, the newspaper Virginia sent her letter to.
16 I love all of the detail put in each room, just look at the chain link garland hanging above.
17 Here, a Christmas tree is shown outside of where else, but Macy's.
18 The North Pole.
19 Over at Barney's New York, it was all about Lady Gaga. They set up a Gaga Workshop inside where 25% of the proceeds sold in Gaga's workshop will go towards her Born This Way Foundation. Here, the Gagamachine.
20 Another angle of the Gagamachine.
21 This is Gaga's Boudooir. Hair and bows along with lush fabrics made up this window.
22 This is Gaga's Crystal Cave.
23 And here is the entrance to Gaga's Workshop. Unfortunately it was closed when I arrived to take photos.
24 Bloomingdale's took a look back and featured vintage shopping bags from year's past. They also featured a clever social media element. Guests were invited at certain windows to step on a star in front of the window, and touch the lit up star. Your photo was taken and posted on Bloomingdale's Facebook wall, so much fun.
25 Here is a bag from 1978 and surprise, the bags turn around to unveil a Christmas scene.
26 This bag is from 1983.
27 And here is the scene inside it.
28 This bag is from 1981.
29 And when it turned around and opened up you could see that this house would tip from side to side.
30 A sweet penguin adorns this bag.
31 And here are more penguins inside.
32 Here is a bag with an astronaut Santa.
33 And the scene on the inside of the bag.
34 Lord & Taylor's 2011 windows began with an illustration from archives created in 1941, which asked what is Christmas made of. This year, the store asked children to illustrate what there holidays are made of and their drawings became the inspiration for this year's windows. Here are just some of the drawings they collected.
35 Here is one of the windows that was inspired by just one of many pictures.
36 And another, this one shows the family in the kitchen baking and kids in their room getting ready for the upcoming holiday.
37 Skiing and having some fun in the snow in Central Park. That's what the holiday means to this artist.
38 Trimming the trees!
39 Going to see Santa.