Everyone knows that the NYC holiday windows are the best in the world, right? Well, this year is no exception. Here are some of the best:
600,000 lights (no, that's not a typo), 250,000 of which are crystal-covered, decorate the exterior of Saks Fifth Avenue this year, and their intermittent flashing is coordinated to the beat of Elton John songs! (In fact, Elton and his family helped unveil the display just last week.) The show runs every ten minutes between 4:35 p.m. and 10:35 p.m. through January 3rd. The windows themselves will feature kaleidoscopes, rocket ships and other classic toys from holidays past. (5th Avenue and 50th Street).
Bloomingdale's windows are usually some of our favorites, and this year they don't disappoint. A Louis-Vuitton-themed window that's constructed entirely out of Lego bricks takes center stage. But each window showcases larger-than-life elements, from wrapping paper to champagne glasses, plus a toy workshop, a ginormous golden sewing machine, a three-dimensional camera and more. And don't forget to look for Elsa from Frozen, making a surprise appearance! (Lexington Avenue at 59th Street)
Bergdorf Goodman highlights the craftsmanship that goes into the holidays this year. Magic in the Making is the theme throughout seven eye-catching windows, a celebration of the artisans that make our lives more beautiful, like a jeweler dipping gems and an upholsterer redoing a brocade chair. The art of dressmaking, paper-mâché, scrapbooking and woodcraft also feature in these wildly creative window scenes. (Fifth Avenue and 58th Street)
Macy's is celebrating its partnership with Toys R Us with a series of toy-themed windows along 34th Street. The windows represent a journey with Macy's own Geoffrey the Giraffe as he inspects the toys on a moving assembly line to make sure they pass muster for Santa's discerning eye. Hot Wheels, dolls from Monster High, Pokémon figures (Pikachu in a Santa hat!) and more will be featured. On the Broadway side, Tiptoe the Reindeer is back, along with scenes of warm winter villages, jolly polar bears and other seasonal sights. (34th Street at Herald Square)
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