New York City is known for its spectacular holiday window displays, and this year is no exception. From Lord & Taylor's vintage circus to Bergdorf's New York tribute, here are a few of our favorites.
This year, the iconic department store's animated window displays highlight holiday traditions, showcasing everything from ice skating polar bears to a theatre conducted by Santa Claus himself.
“As we created these windows, we were thinking about the magic of holiday giving and the importance of being with those we love throughout the Christmas season,” said Roya Sullivan, Macy’s National Director of Window Presentation. “We wanted to capture that bustling energy and magic of New York City during the holidays, filled with special moments with family and friends."
Ever elegant, this year's Tiffany window displays feature the signature wooden drawing figures of visual artist Gene Moore placed in playful holiday-themed positions. The windows, decorated in classic Tiffany blue, are meant to be a playful representation of the magic of giving a Tiffany gift.
“Our windows reflect Gene Moore’s pioneering vision of juxtaposing witty and humorous narratives with the highest level of craftsmanship,” said Richard Moore, vice president of creative visual merchandising at Tiffany & Co.
Featuring five animated scenes, Lord & Taylor's 80th annual holiday window displays feature the arctic adventures of two polar bears high-fiving, a winter woodland, and a vintage-style holiday circus.
Lining Fifth Avenue, these windows take spectators on a whimsical journey. "New York is a special place to be during the holiday season and experiencing the magic within our iconic department store is a part of that tradition," said Liz Rodbell, President of Lord & Taylor.
In collaboration with artists Simon and Nikolai Haas of The Haas Brothers, Barneys' window displays showcase an interpretation of Earth through the ages, progressing forward in time from "Primordial" to "Utopia" to "Millennium," and ending with "Mushroom Singularity."
The window displays even feature family-friendly characters such as Rainbow Baggins the rainbow zebra, Rhinona Wyder the rhino, and more.
The whimsical windows are on display at both the brand's Madison Avenue store and their Chelsea flagship.
“The holiday season is always a special time for us at Barneys New York,” said Daniella Vitale, CEO and President, Barneys New York. “This year especially, we can’t wait for customers to take part in the engaging one-of-a-kind experiences we’re delivering with Haas for the Holidays, both within our stores and in our windows.”
This display is titled "Snake Love, Not War." "We are excited to translate our artistic vision into experiences that will entertain and engage a whole new audience, and also shine a positive light on inclusiveness during these divisive times," said Simon and Nikolai Haas.
This holiday season, in collaboration with Lovepop, Henri Bendel's windows use 3D paper sculptures to celebrate fearlessness and risk-taking in all forms. This mystical landscape is full of drama and playfulness from the windows to the atrium, where 30,000 paper butterflies make for the perfect Instagram pic.
"Holiday shopping at Henri Bendel is a classic New York experience, and we're thrilled to be a part of that tradition...whether recreating a nostalgic Christmas moment in Slicegami paper art, or transforming an iconic retail destination," said Lovepop founder Wombi Rose.
Bergdorf Goodman's display this year pays homage to a number New York City's greatest cultural institutions, including The American Museum of Natural history, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Museum of the Moving Image, the New York Botanical Gardens, and more.
“We crafted a completely different type of window for each organization," said David Hoey, senior director of visual presentation for the brand. "And since we love putting on a show, we have made the windows kaleidoscopic and entertaining.” The window seen here is a nod to the New York Philharmonic.
This year’s displays were inspired by the natural world, and they incorporate shells, bonsai trees, long hanging garlands, elaborate taxidermy displays, and ornate lighting.
David Monn designed the winter displays for both the men’s and women’s stores this year, focusing on gold accents for the men’s store and white and silver accents for the women's store. See the full display at the store's flagship on Fifth Avenue between 57th and 58th.
Bloomingdale's is taking the idea of Christmas lights to the next level with their Lexington Avenue displays this year. Each of the flagship's eight holiday windows features a different artist's interpretations of the word "light."
The works will then be auctioned off to raise funds for the Child Mind Institute, whose mission focuses on "transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders."
Located just across the street from Rockefeller Center, the holiday windows at Saks Fifth Avenue need to be spectacular to compete with the massive Christmas tree. Luckily, this year's Nutcracker and candy-themed displays with bespoke pieces from designers Erdem, Carolina Herrera, Marchesa, and Jason Wu don't disappoint.