Fifth Avenue (36th to 56th Street)
Swanky store windows on and around Fifth Avenue are especially eye-catching during the holidays. Go early or on weekdays to avoid the tourist crowds. Some highlights, listed north to south:
– Barneys (660 Madison Avenue @ 61st Street)
A “Make Change” theme honoring the store’s partnership with non-profit Save the Children features a wall of pennies and other coin-inspired displays and experiences.
–Bloomingdales (59th Street & Lexington Avenue)
See whimsical holiday looks inspired by the new Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch film plus try high-tech interactive elements like Grinch-face selfies and karaoke.
–Bergdorf Goodman (754 Fifth Avenue @ 58th Street)
This “visual feast” features pastry and candy inspired designs. Continue the sweets theme at a Flour Shop pop-up on the fifth floor and exclusive Ladurée macaroons on the second floor.
– Henri Bendel (712 Fifth Ave @ 56th Street)
Henri Bendel debuted an artistic display in collaboration with fashion illustrator Izak Zenou. This year’s display offers more of a traditional Christmas theme. Ogle some of Bendel’s classic wrapped presents which are centered around a 20-foot tree out of every “Bendel girl’s dreams.”
–Saks Fifth Avenue (611 5th Avenue @ 49th Street)
My daughter loves the theatrical theme and a rainbow colored dream with stunning digital screens and a well accessorized poodle. An extravagant light show on the facade repeats every ten minutes from 5 to 11 pm daily.
–Tiffany (727 Fifth Avenue @ 57th Street)
Go behind the scenes of a whimsical Tiffany workshop.
– Lord & Taylor (424 Fifth Avenue between 38th & 39th Streets).
The last holiday windows before its closing celebrate Lord & Taylor’s legacy and act as a thank you to New York City.
–Macy’s (West 34th Street between Sixth & Seventh Avenues)
See Sunny the Snowpal in various settings and help him catch up with Santa’s sleigh in an interactive video game. A fifteen foot tall Santa perches above the marquee (don’t forget to visit him inside).