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Holiday Windows in New York City

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It's that time of year again! It's time to look at the beautiful store windows in New York City. Each year is better than the last and this year is no different. They are unique, impressive, and very detailed. If you can't make it to New York see them yourself, I've pulled together some images from some of my favorite stories. Enjoy!

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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

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."

This black and white window featured zebras of course, but also had an array of furs, feathers, and other textures to give it dimension.

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.

This window had animals carved in wood, taxidermy, leather, and feathers.

3 This window had animals carved in wood, taxidermy, leather, and feathers.

This window had an aquatic theme and had all sorts of glittery, sequins, and metallic accents to make it shine.

4 This window had an aquatic theme and had all sorts of glittery, sequins, and metallic accents to make it shine.

This window was called

5 This window was called "Breaking the Ice" and featured wintery white animals and crystals of all kinds.

This very stylish mannequin brought a deer as her date.

6 This very stylish mannequin brought a deer as her date.

These life-sized birds were dressed in couture to have their photo taken.

7 These life-sized birds were dressed in couture to have their photo taken.

Even the less ornate windows at Bergdorf's were unique and beautiful. Here, animals are dressed in dapper tuxes.

8 Even the less ornate windows at Bergdorf's were unique and beautiful. Here, animals are dressed in dapper tuxes.

This appliqued giraffe stole the show in this smaller window.

9 This appliqued giraffe stole the show in this smaller window.

I love the glitz and glamour of this silver, sequined window.

10 I love the glitz and glamour of this silver, sequined window.

The deers in this window were upholstered and showed off the detail in this gown perfectly.

11 The deers in this window were upholstered and showed off the detail in this gown perfectly.

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,

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.

Just one of the many scenes depicted from the book and the animated series.

13 Just one of the many scenes depicted from the book and the animated series.

The librarian in this window moves back and forth on her ladder while Virginia is below reading a book.

14 The librarian in this window moves back and forth on her ladder while Virginia is below reading a book.

A scene outside of The Sun, the newspaper Virginia sent her letter to.

15 A scene outside of The Sun, the newspaper Virginia sent her letter to.

I love all of the detail put in each room, just look at the chain link garland hanging above.

16 I love all of the detail put in each room, just look at the chain link garland hanging above.

Here, a Christmas tree is shown outside of where else, but Macy's.

17 Here, a Christmas tree is shown outside of where else, but Macy's.

The North Pole.

18 The North Pole.

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.

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.

Another angle of the Gagamachine.

20 Another angle of the Gagamachine.

This is Gaga's Boudooir. Hair and bows along with lush fabrics made up this window.

21 This is Gaga's Boudooir. Hair and bows along with lush fabrics made up this window.

This is Gaga's Crystal Cave.

22 This is Gaga's Crystal Cave.

And here is the entrance to Gaga's Workshop. Unfortunately it was closed when I arrived to take photos.

23 And here is the entrance to Gaga's Workshop. Unfortunately it was closed when I arrived to take photos.

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.

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.

Here is a bag from 1978 and surprise, the bags turn around to unveil a Christmas scene.

25 Here is a bag from 1978 and surprise, the bags turn around to unveil a Christmas scene.

This bag is from 1983.

26 This bag is from 1983.

And here is the scene inside it.

27 And here is the scene inside it.

This bag is from 1981.

28 This bag is from 1981.

And when it turned around and opened up you could see that this house would tip from side to side.

29 And when it turned around and opened up you could see that this house would tip from side to side.

A sweet penguin adorns this bag.

30 A sweet penguin adorns this bag.

And here are more penguins inside.

31 And here are more penguins inside.

Here is a bag with an astronaut Santa.

32 Here is a bag with an astronaut Santa.

And the scene on the inside of the bag.

33 And the scene on the inside of the bag.

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.

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.

Here is one of the windows that was inspired by just one of many pictures.

35 Here is one of the windows that was inspired by just one of many pictures.

And another, this one shows the family in the kitchen baking and kids in their room getting ready for the upcoming holiday.

36 And another, this one shows the family in the kitchen baking and kids in their room getting ready for the upcoming holiday.

Skiing and having some fun in the snow in Central Park. That's what the holiday means to this artist.

37 Skiing and having some fun in the snow in Central Park. That's what the holiday means to this artist.

Trimming the trees!

38 Trimming the trees!

Going to see Santa.

39 Going to see Santa.

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Comments (4)

  • Wow beautiful window displays, amazing place to visit at this time of the year. I enjoyed the holiday decorations and window displays in London, in Selfridges the theme was white and silver amazing. One of my favorite places is Fortnum and Mason check this youtube video Kevin. Fortnum & Mason Christmas Windows 2011 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go-YnPVg5Lo&sns=tw
    Best Wishes
    Rowaida

  • Nice to be updated. Thank you for article.

  • Kevin- Beautiful!!! Do you happen to have the link for Alexis' new blog? Martha had posted it on her twitter, but I seem to have misplaced it.....

  • thanks so much!!!!!, Kevin......I lived in NYC and miss the Christmas season there......we can never see too many pictures of the wonderful events in the city......i hope someone takes pics of the first snow in the city and central park.....Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and the best of success, health and happiness to all in MarthaStewart Land.........

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