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The Christmas Light and Window Displays in Manhattan

In New York on November 29, 2011 at 3:15 pm

The Cartier store, wrapped up for Christmas

I love Christmas. For as long as I can remember, I have experienced what can only be described as full body possession by a deranged little elf towards the culmination of Thanksgiving dinner.  Dropping my fork, after my final serving of desert signified one thing and one thing alone- Christmas season had descended yet again.


This year was no different. With my final buttery bite of pecan pie on Thursday night it began. No, I was not elbowing my way into stores at the crack of midnight, the shift was more subtle, more about the sentimentality that the season ushers in. A feeling that causes one to hang stockings and string lights in order to make everything look a lot like Christmas. And I was in good company, because as I was preparing to make my apartment look a lot like Christmas, my city had grander plans.


One of the best times to visit New York is during the Christmas season. Manhattan hosts some of the most elaborate display windows and lights displays of the holiday season.  Best of all, you don’t need to spend a cent. As free to enjoy as air, anyone can enjoy the city’s festive flair. So grab a cup of savory hot chocolate ( preferably from Le Masion de Chocolat – so blissful) and enjoy a walking tour of  some of Manhattan’s finest Holiday displays.



When I set out to see the sights, I began at Macy’s on 34th street and 7th Avenue.

Macy's display window


Next stop, Lord and Taylor on 38th street and 5th Avenue.

Lord and Taylor

Lord and Taylor display window

Lord and Taylor display

On to Saks Fifth Avenue at 50th street (ish) and 5th ave.

Saks 5th Ave

Saks window display. What you can't see is the woman riding the unicycle in the background.


When I was done there, I made the trek over to Rockefeller Center where I caught a glimpse of the giant spruce (not yet lit) and watched the skaters take a few laps around the ice. The plaza was fully decorated as were many of the shops nearby.

The Plaza at Rockefeller Center

The tree at Rockefeller Center waiting to be lit

Teuscher Chocolatier on the Plaza

Henri Bendel’s at 56th street and 5th ave

Those are Rocketts above the door at Bendel's

Now on to one of the most elaborate displays of the evening- Bergdorf Goodmans at 5th avenue and 58th street (ish).

Goodman's display

Like a scene out of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at Goodman's

Goodman's window

Golden Goodness at Goodman's

Under the sea at Goodman's

Bergdorf Goodman's

After taking in all of the Manhattan holiday sights and sounds, I am inspired to outdo myself this year when it comes to decorating my apartment for Christmas.


My approach, will be much more subtle than Fendi's however- yikes!

  1. Wow! Great pics! It makes me want to head down there myself. : )

  2. What lovely pictures! Checking out the windows is definitely a great way to get into the Chirstmas spirit! I’m checking out the Rockettes at the Radio City Christmas Spectacular tonight 🙂

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