Holiday Windows in New York City 2012

Happy Holidays everyone! We did our yearly holiday hike earlier in the year but apologies for getting this posted a bit late. Holiday windows in NYC was once again quite a bit of fun. Our hike follows the map here loosely: Map

LINCOLN CENTER TREE
The Lincoln Center tree this year is once again located at Dante Park across the street from Lincoln Center at Columbus between 63rd and 64th street. The picture was taken during the lighting of the tree so it does not look as big as it is, but this is still a smaller tree than Rockefeller Center’s tree.

Lincoln Center Christmas Tree

COLUMBUS CIRCLE
From Lincoln Center, you can walk on down south to Columbus Circle in the Time Warner Center (58th Street and 8th Ave.) to see the holiday stars in the lobby. No change here since last year. This is a display where “stars” that are multi-paneled change colors in sync with Christmas songs. This is a great place to warm up indoors.

Columbus Circle Stars

BLOOMINGDALE’S
The next stop is heading way east to Bloomingdale’s which is at 59th Street between Lexington Avenue and 3rd Avenue. If the walk is too far, you can pick up a crosstown bus (M31 or M57) on 57th Street using a Metro Card. If you’re there during the right hours, go in and check out Forty Carrots inside for some great frozen yogurt.

As with last year, the windows have an interactive area where you can get your picture captured with cameras you can trigger from the outside. The other windows show a Cirque du Soleil theme which is ok but not as exciting as last year in our opinion.

Bloomingdales Christmas Window New York City 1

People getting their pictures taken.
Bloomingdales Christmas Window New York City 2

BARNEYS
Barneys is located on 61st Street and Madison Avenue a short walk away from Bloomingdales. This one is very disappointing this year as they chose a Disney theme called Electric Holiday. When we went by there were only TV screens showing neon lights dancing. There is a short video starring Minnie Mouse, but it wasn’t on when we walked by, but you can catch the clip online.




Barneys Christmas Window New York City 1

APPLE STORE
Not really a part of the hike but just for fun, we saw the Apple Store on 5th Avenue was lit up in red rather than white for the holidays.

Apple Store New York

BERGDORF GOODMAN
Bergdorf Goodman is on 5th Avenue between 57th Street and 58th Street. Bergdorf had a Follies of 2012 theme and once again, they really know how to do style. Another year of being one of the most stylish and best windows for adults though not as kid-fun.

This first windows is amazing showing a top-down perspective.
Begrdorf Christmas Window New York City 1

Begrdorf Christmas Window New York City 2

Begrdorf Christmas Window New York City 3

ROCKEFELLER CENTER TREE
Yet another big tree was brought out for Rockefeller Center. This is the must-do Christmas activity since it is one of the most well known and largest Christmas trees in New York City. You can overlook the Rockefeller Center skating rink for a great view of both. Though the lines can be long, you can even ice skate there! Otherwise, you can try other ice skating rinks. See our recommended rinks here: New York Christmas 2012 Activities. Expect to see large crowds of tourists for this worthwhile sight.

Take a look at the view from Top of the Rock while you are here: Info on Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Rockefeller Christmas Tree New York City

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
Saks is obviously on Fifth Avenue between 49th Street and 50th Street. Right across the street from the Lincoln Center tree, they have set up another projector light show along with their holiday windows. They project the show on the face of the building on the 5th Avenue side.

They once again have some stylish mannequins mixed with various scenes.




Saks Christmas Window New York City 1

Saks Christmas Window New York City 2

LORD & TAYLOR
Lord & Taylor is on 5th Avenue between 38th Street and 39th Street. It’s great to see Lord & Taylor back in the game with some nice windows with a “Wish for Tradition” theme celebrating 75 years of their animated windows. They always seem to do a nice dollhouse type window. The windows were quite beautiful and one of our favorites.

Lord & Taylor Christmas Window 2012 1

Lord & Taylor Christmas Window 2012 2

Lord & Taylor Christmas Window 2012 3

BRYANT PARK
Ok, so these aren’t windows either, but we stopped by Bryant Park on the way to look at the ice skaters and see the tree they put up there. Stop by for some Holiday Shopping, ice skating, and grabbing a drink.

Lord & Taylor Christmas Window 2012 1

MACY’S
Macy’s on 34th Street and 6th Avenue has some nice windows showing the Magic of Christmas.

There is a two-sided theme as always with the 6th Avenue side being the most interesting as always, but with some scenes on 34th Street as well. They are sponsors for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and have a nice display showing many children’s wishes. The magic part seems to showcase different parts of New York such as historical styles, Macys store, holiday parades, and more.

The 34th Street side is so-so like last year showing a TV character from a CBS Special, Yes, Virginia.

Macy's Christmas Window New York City 1

Macy's Christmas Window New York City 2

Macy's Christmas Window New York City 3

Macy's Christmas Window New York City 4

Macy's Christmas Window New York City 5

SUMMARY
Dress warmly, wear comfortable shoes, and get ready for some fun windows. Definitely stop by Rockefeller Center, Bergdorf Goodman, and Lord & Taylor for some of the best this year! For best family fun, our winner is Lord & Taylor. For most stylish and interesting for adults, once again we like Bergdorf Goodman.

Have a happy holiday and happy new year!

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Holiday Windows in New York City 2011

Happy Holidays everyone! We have done most of our yearly holiday hike looking at the major holiday windows around the city. We will fill in the blanks when we finish up this coming Tuesday and edit this posting. Our hike follows the map here loosely: Map

LINCOLN CENTER TREE
During construction of Lincoln Center, there was no tree set up last year if I recall correctly, but the tree is back! It is located at a park across the street from Lincoln Center at Columbus between 63rd and 64th street. The picture below was during the lighting of the tree, so there is a stage in front of it making it appear smaller. Still, if you’re looking for the grandest tree, Rockefeller Center’s tree is still the biggest, but this is a nice one if you’re in the area.

Lincoln Center Christmas Tree

COLUMBUS CIRCLE
From Lincoln Center, you can walk on down south to Columbus Circle in the Time Warner Center (58th Street and 8th Ave.) to see the holiday stars in the lobby. This is a consistent yearly display where “stars” that are multi-paneled change colors in sync with Christmas songs. They play hourly until 5 pm, after which, they play continuously. This is a great place to warm up indoors.

Columbus Circle Stars

BLOOMINGDALE’S
The next stop is heading way east to Bloomingdale’s which is at 59th Street between Lexington Avenue and 3rd Avenue. If the walk is too far, you can pick up a crosstown bus (M31 or M57) on 57th Street using a Metro Card. If you’re there during the right hours, go in and check out Forty Carrots inside for some great frozen yogurt.

This year they have improved their Holiday Windows quite a bit. They have a theme honoring Christmas shopping bags from various years that turn or open up with a Christmas theme within each. You can also get your picture captured with cameras you can trigger from the outside. The windows are upping the interactivity!

Bloomingdales Christmas Window New York City

There are stars on the side to touch to trigger the camera, and it is displayed on video screens above the window.
Bloomingdales Christmas Window New York City

BARNEYS
Barneys is located on 61st Street and Madison Avenue a short walk away from Bloomingdales. As last year, they seem to have very interesting themes. You almost wouldn’t be able to tell that it is the holidays outside of one section with a TV screen to make your holiday wishes via Tweets. Again, interactivity. The other Holiday Windows have a Lady Gaga theme.

Barneys Christmas Window New York City 1

Barneys Christmas Window New York City 2

BERGDORF GOODMAN
Bergdorf Goodman is on 5th Avenue between 57th Street and 58th Street. Bergdorf has nice, showy windows again. They definitely class it up using an animal theme “Carnival of the Animals”. It is one of the most stylish and best windows for adults though not as kid-fun.

Begrdorf Christmas Window New York City 1

Begrdorf Christmas Window New York City 2

Begrdorf Christmas Window New York City 3

ROCKEFELLER CENTER TREE
For 2011, they once again brought out a BIG tree. This is the must-do Christmas activity since it is one of the most well known and largest Christmas trees in New York City. You can overlook the Rockefeller Center skating rink for a great view of both. Though the lines can be long, you can even ice skate there! Otherwise, you can try other ice skating rinks. See our recommended rinks here: New York Christmas 2011 Activities. Expect to see large crowds of tourists for this worthwhile sight.

Take a look at the view from Top of the Rock while you are here: Info on Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Rockefeller Christmas Tree New York City

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
Saks is obviously on Fifth Avenue between 49th Street and 50th Street. Right across the street from the Lincoln Center tree, you get both an interesting projector light show along with their holiday windows. They project the show on the face of the building on the 5th Avenue side. Someone there likes bubbles as it is the theme again this year.

They have stylish windows though different than Bergdorf’s styling. They have some great clothing and presentation. Beautiful.

Saks Christmas Window New York City 1

Saks Christmas Window New York City 2

Saks Christmas Window New York City 3

LORD & TAYLOR
Lord & Taylor is on 5th Avenue between 38th Street and 39th Street. After having a strong showing last year, Lord & Taylor was a bit of a let down though the theme is great. They created windows inspired by children’s drawings. They are nice as well, but it didn’t have the same wow factor of last year. It’s worth a visit though as you can see.

Lord & Taylor Christmas Window 2011 1

Lord & Taylor Christmas Window 2011 2

Lord & Taylor Christmas Window 2011 3

MACY’S
Macy’s on 34th Street and 6th Avenue has the most improved windows. After very slow rotating windows, they come up with many amazing scenes and interactive activities. They may even win the very best! Stay tuned until we complete our reviews.

There is a two-sided theme as always with the 6th Avenue side being the most interesting as always, but with some scenes on 34th Street as well. They are sponsors for the Make-A-Wish Foundation with an emphasis on ornaments. So what’s so special? There is a 3-D TV that doesn’t require glasses creating a cool effect watching a rocket ride (though temper your expectations). The windows are dynamic and beautiful with a lot of white colors. There is also an interactive station to design an ornament.

The 34th Street side is so-so but features a TV character from a CBS Special, Yes, Virginia.

Macy's Christmas Window New York City 1

Macy's Christmas Window New York City 2

Macy's Christmas Window New York City 3

Macy's Christmas Window New York City 4

Macy's Christmas Window New York City 5

SUMMARY
Dress warmly, wear comfortable shoes, and get ready for some fun windows. Definitely stop by Rockefeller Center, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks and Macys for some of the best this year! For best family fun, our winner is Macy’s. For most stylish and interesting for adults, we like Bergdorf Goodman.

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