New York City is known for spectacular holiday displays. For years the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree has stood as holiday symbol of the city. This year, this 72-foot-tall conifer is decorated with more than 50,000 multi-colored LED light.
Walking along Fifth Avenue during one of my recent visits, I got a chance to see some of the most illuminated window displays of the stores. These ornate decorations are a visual feast to the eyes and every evening between Thanksgiving until end of December the lighting turns the street into a winter wonderland.
Here are few of my favorite ones this year:
- Henri Bendel – Theme: “Bendel Wishlist”. The windows displaed the city’s buildings wrapped in bows with snow sprinkled in background and gifts scattered throughout. Henri Bendel will close down in January 2019 so this year’s Holiday Window display will be the last.
- Saks – Theme: “Theater of Dreams”.
Windows displayed their many luxurious offerings and each one depicted an ornate, theatrical set design. Along with the holiday lighting, every evening they also have a light and sound show which runs at intervals. Traffic had been stopped on the street in front and on sides of the store and so many people stood just to watch the musical show and trying to capture the image in their cameras.
- Tiffany – Theme: “The Holidays Made by Tiffany”. They had a robot made from their classic blue boxes along with a glittering light display.
- Bergdorf Goodman – Theme: Bergdorf Goodies. Their display included gingerbread houses and cuckoo clocks, a licorice carousel, giant candy canes, ice cream-making robots, pastry-filled forest., cotton candy, peppermints, goodies and so many sweet treats. I loved looking at this one so much – went around all the windows twice.
- Louis Vuitton: Theme:“Trees of the World”. Windows showcased cacti, palm trees, and bonsai decorated with sparkling ornaments.
- Cartier Building was wrapped in red ribbon and bows.
- Coach building decked with this net of lights
- Harry Winston: The windows were decorated with white lights and strings.
Scrolling through 5th Avenue, Manhattan was and just watching these themed windows in this holiday season was so fascinating and I couldn’t help thinking no wonder they say, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”.