The chilly weather might make some of us want to stay indoors, but there’s a reason to strap on your boots and brave the cold: New York City’s holiday windows are back and as grand as ever. In addition to various holiday markets and the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, the unveiling of these extravagant displays is a highly anticipated event that takes place each year. New York’s biggest department stores, which are responsible for the windows, call on teams of artists to create its displays — a process which can take several months.
This year, we embarked on a mission to track down the best displays, created by Macy’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany & Co., Lord & Taylor, Saks Fifth Avenue and more. The big takeaway from our little excursion is that there are a lot of New York City-themed windows. Of course, this is only a sampling of what you’ll actually get to see in person:
8. Macy’s at Herald Square
Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street-Herald Square has put on a display that is a “feast for the eyes,” according to USA Today. The windows were unveiled on Thursday with a celebration that included a fireworks display. This year’s theme is “The Perfect Gift Brings People Together,” featuring mood boards that depict miniatures of recognizable parts of New York City, including the subway, the Roosevelt Island Tram and Macy’s itself, of course.
In addition to animated snow-filled skies, there are quintessential holiday elements, like an ice skating rink, Santa and a host of characters, including penguins, polar bears and mice. Roya Sullivan, Macy’s National Director of Window Presentation, states that the theme refers back to the energy and activities that take place as we get ready for the holiday season. The windows will be on view until January 1.