NYC's Best Holiday Windows

When you wake up the day after Thanksgiving, the whole world has been made over into a winter wonderland. It doesn't appear that Santa's elves get to break for turkey and dressing. The transformation from fall to Christmas is one that happens overnight. The impact is major — and, we'd totally be lying if we said we didn't love every weird bit of it.
Now, a stroll through New York's favorite shopping 'hoods means indulging in the plethora of eye candy that is the festive window displays. The lights! The fake snow! The Yetis! It's almost more than we can take. Ahead, the most decked-out stores to visit in order to get in the holiday spirit.
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Photo: Courtesy of Bloomingdale's.
Bloomingdale's at E. 59 Street consistently brings one of the best holiday window displays in the city. It's just good fortune that we also make regular stops at the flagship location for shopping and Magnolia cupcakes.
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Photo: Courtesy of Bloomingdale's.
This year, the theme of Bloomingdale's windows is holiday celebrations around the world. We see the joy of unwrapping gifts in France...
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Photo: Courtesy of Bloomingdale's.
...and Italy!
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Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Image/Courtesy of Lord & Taylor.
There's something about seeing our city decorated with lights and covered in snow that makes us feel like we've been transported to a New York of old. And, Lord & Taylor's vintage Manhattan displays makes us think we're not alone in this sentiment.
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Photo: Jemal Countess/Getty Image/Courtesy of Lord & Taylor.
If only we had a big, fluffy ball gown!
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Photo: Courtesy of Lord & Taylor.
A classic take on the arch at Washington Square Park.
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Photo: Courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman.
Winter and frost go hand in hand, and Bergdorf Goodman's "Holidays on Ice" theme channels the crystalized art for its display.
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Photo: Courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman.
Each of the five windows features a different holiday. Here, we see Valentine's Day.
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Photo: Courtesy of Bergdorf Goodman.
This is probably the only time we've ever seen ice and Independence Day combined!
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Photo: Courtesy of Anthropologie.
Anthropologie at Chelsea Market puts wine bottles on display. We're into it!
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Photo: Courtesy of Anthropologie.
The retailer's Rock Center location, however, channels the nature of the holidays: pine cones, poinsettias, and bears. Oh, my!
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Photo: Courtesy of Anthropologie.
Meanwhile, in Soho, Anthropologie has gone for a winter wonderland scene that will carry us straight through to New Year's.
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Photo: Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.
Saks Fifth Avenue debuted a 3D light show as part of its "Snowflake Spectacular." The display features snowflakes, dancers, gifts, and, yes, Yetis.
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Photo: Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.
Now, that Yeti doesn't look so terrifying, does it?
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Photo: Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue.
The windows' snowflakes were designed by Marain Bantjes, while the subway riders were inspired by, well, you.
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Photo: Courtesy of Barneys.
The installation at Barneys has several incredible aspects to it. Among them, the sleigh ride that has gotten a total 21st century upgrade.
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Photo: Courtesy of Barneys.
The City Lights portion of the Barneys' display is a moving pattern of LED lights sure to mesmerize any passersby.
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Photo: Courtesy of Barneys.
The Floating City portion is a large gold structure that extends onto the Madison Avenue sidewalk. Within, you see a floating NYC that transforms through 3D mapping and light projections. Pretty cool, huh?
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Photo: Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.
We may like to visit Tiffany's for a glimpse of its precious jewels, but the holiday village windows are worth a peek, too.
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Photo: Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.
Wouldn't you love to wake up to find a roof full of Tiffany's boxes? We know we would.
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Photo: Courtesy of Tiffany & Co.
The classic display is a perfect match for Tiffany's timeless style.
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