Original article written by me for Manhattan Magazine.
New York’s beloved tradition of over-the-top Christmas displays is back for the season. Forget Santa’s workshop; this year’s holiday windows are anything but typical.
Barneys New York This year’s holiday windows at Barneys are a collaboration between French visual artist Joanie Lemercier and Jay Z, who put together digital displays to create interactive windows. The windows consist of light projections, 3-D displays and lots of mirrors. Its theme is “A New York Holiday,” and all items on display were selected by Hova himself. Barneys New York, 660 Madison Ave., barneys.com
Bergdorf Goodman The windows at Bergdorf Goodman this year are titled “Holidays on Ice,” and each depicts a different holiday in a snowy, frosty landscape. On display, you will be able to find wintry, high-fashion versions of Valentine’s Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and even April Fools’. Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Ave., bergdorfgoodman.com
Bloomingdale’s The windows at Bloomingdale’s celebrate holiday shopping around the world. Each window includes an oversized present from countries such as China, France, Great Britain and Italy—plus New York City, of course. Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Ave., bloomingdales.com
Saks Fifth Avenue In honor of seasons past, Saks’ holiday windows will include the traditional Snowflake Spectacular light show. The windows themselves will tell the story of the legendary Saks Yeti, a mythical creature rumored to live in the store’s roof and make snow during the winter. Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 Fifth Ave., saks.com
Tiffany & Co. Tiffany’s window display consists of a row of elegant townhouses and classic Upper East Side apartments covered in snow and Tiffany’s signature blue boxes. The display also includes traditional Christmas scenes such as Santa’s sleigh and children gathered around the Christmas tree. Tiffany & Co., 200 Fifth Ave,tiffany.com