2012 Christmas Windows

Christmas windows are a traditional part of New York City during the holidays. Every year the famous department stores decorate their storefront windows with holiday themes. People come from far and wide to gaze at the dreamy scenes.

The most famous of New York City's Christmas window displays...

For department store locations, view the Christmas Windows Map at the bottom of the page.

Lord & Taylor

Lord and Taylor Christmas Windows

Theme: Wish for Tradition

This year's display is a tribute to 75 years of window displays at Lord & Taylor. The store is long-known for it's intricate and animated displays. The windows feature wintery holiday scenes from around the world, including a snowy Central Park, a riverside scene in Asia, and a German ski village with shops selling gingerbread houses and nutcrackers.

Store Location: Fifth Avenue and 39th Street


Macys Christmas Windows

Theme: The Magic of Christmas

A corner store, Macy's always has two sets of windows on display. The windows along the 34th Street side of Macy's display the classic theme of little Virginia's letter to The Sun asking if there really is a Santa Clause. The windows along Broadway are more contemporary and feature a different theme every year.

This year's Broadway windows capture popular New York City landmarks. It's not just a tribute to the store itself, but to the city in general. The windows are very colorful and scenes include NYC holiday classics like the Central Park skating rink and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The last window is perhaps the neatest, with a collage of tv screens that rotate through pictures of New York City.

Store Location: Broadway and 34th Street

Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Christmas Windows

Theme: Snowflake Spectacular

The windows at Saks are some of the most crowded, not because they're necessarily the best, but because of their proximity to the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. The windows' snowy, wintery scenes are endearing and the children in the windows are impressively life-like. There is also a short light show projected onto the side of the Saks building from 5 to 10 pm each night. It is best viewed from across the street.

Store Location: Fifth Avenue and 49th Street (across from the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree)


Bloomingdales Christmas Windows

Theme: It's a Happening Holiday

This year Bloomingdale's paired up with Cirque du Soleil to create bright, colorful windows. Each window has a different circus-like scene with miniature characters that rotate and fly through the air. The scenes are not especially holiday-like but they are still cool to see.

Store Location: Lexington Avenue and 59th Street

Bergdorf Goodman

Bergdorf Goodman Christmas Windows

Theme: BG Follies of 2012

As usual, nothing about this windows will put you in the Christmas spirit and also as usual, they are very neat to look at. Each window is a different "Act" starring mannequins in over-the-top fancy clothing and accessories and, per the usual style of Bergdorf Goodman windows, surrounded by complex and elaborate settings.

Store Location: Fifth Avenue and 57th Street


Barneys Christmas Windows

Theme: Electric Holiday

The Disney-themed windows at Barneys this year are essentially a video and light display. Watch a cute cartoon of Minnie Mouse who, while window shopping, dreams of becoming fashion show Minnie, walking the runway with other Disney characters dressed in high fashion. The video features other personalities in the fashion industry as well.

Store Location: 660 Madison Avenue at 61st Street

New York Christmas Windows Map

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1Barney's - Madison Avenue and 61st Street
1Bergdorf Goodman - Fifth Avenue and 57th Street
1Bloomingdale's - Lexington Avenue and 59th Street
1Saks Fifth Avenue - Fifth Avenue and 49th Street
1Lord & Taylor - Fifth Avenue and 39th Street
1Macy's - Broadway and 34th Street

More Photos of the Windows

See more of the windows on our 2012 Christmas Windows Photo Album.

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