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Fifth Avenue Decor

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Fifth Avene
East 50th to 58th Street
New York, NY

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Suggested Ages: All, Adult Friendly


Swanky stores on and around Fifth Avenue are especially eye-catching during the holidays. Go early in the day or weekdays if possible to avoid heavy crowds (or visit during pedestrian-only Fifth Avenue for All). Use our decor map  to look for:

* Look for larger-than-life illuminated toys
* 59th St: Giant illuminated ornaments surround the Pulitzer Fountain
* 58th St: Bergdorf Goodman’s spectacular installation “Magic in the Making,” is packed with color, charming details and sparkly animals
* 57th St: Christmas Tree scaling the Louis Vuitton store
* 55th St: spectacular trees, life-sized Nutcrackers &  Sweet Shopped inside the Peninsula Hotel
* 52nd St: red-ribboned wrapped Cartier store (look for bejeweled panthers)
* 51st St: always gorgeous St. Patrick’s Cathedral
* 50th St: Saks Windows & Light show & Rockefeller Center
* 50th St & Madison: the stunning Lotte New York Palace Tree
* Other holiday windows include Bloomingdales and the classic Macy’s. Or continue south to Bryant Park’s Winter Village.
* See our decor map for details.

Saks Fifth Ave Windows & Light Show

Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Rocket Fund collaborated on new windows inspired by the theme of heartwarming holiday gifts,  with bright colors, rocket ships  rocket ships and kaleidoscopes ( and a $1 million donation to the charity).

A new light show on the facade, set to a holiday medley of Elton John songs, features over over…

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Papillon Bistro & Bar

This spacious old-fashioned French bistro is fully decked out inside and out with trees (including one with covered with blue teddy bears), nutcrackers, lights, Santas, angels, stockings on the stairs and more. The menu includes their signature blue cheese truffle salad, classic French onion soup, Croque Monsieur  and steak Frites, plus burgers & chicken tenders…

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Santa Snow Show

Catch Santa and his elves daily at 2 pm & 6 pm along the store’s escalator. Participate in a daily “Santa Snow Show” with all sorts of characters and a magical in-store snowfall. Thursday to Sunday, the Brooklyn United Music and Arts Program drumline joins the party.

Anytime, write letters with provided materials and drop…

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MoMA Family Gallery Talks

Discover art together through engaging discussions and activities with new themes monthly. Look closely at modern masterpieces and cutting-edge contemporary art and make your own art. One time we discussed why Mark Rothko paintings are like sandwiches then made our own Rothkos from pre-cut paper.

There are multiple groups roughly divided by age. Kids and…

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Heckscher Playground

Central Park’s largest playground features a shaded area with swings and slides, a large, maze-like climbers, seasonal water features, sloped turf, a large sandbox area, low monkey bars, tunnels, ramps and (our favorite) giant rocks to climb. Plus a spacious bathroom.

Face painters, musicians and giant bubble makers often congregate at the entrance.

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