The 7 Best Holiday Windows In NYC

You know that heartwarming image of a mitten-wearing kid fogging up a shop window with his breath, eyes widening over some [insert modern-day tickle-me-elmo here]? Not gonna lie: We kind of look like that as we pass by NYC's mega-flagship holiday windows. So, to make sure you don't miss a beat, we've drawn up a map of the unmissable stops this year, and, of course, photos of the masterpieces themselves. We're not quite sure what it is about zebras holding hand bags, mini children sledding behind glass, or presents impossibly stacked 8-feet-high that give us the glow of the seasonal spirit, but whatever it is, we appreciate the effort, the glitter, and the wow-factor (and we know you will, too). This year's contenders include a spaceman Santa, a throwback penguin in sunglasses, and, oh, the hair-covered boudoir of a mystery celeb-sensation (spoiler alert: it's Lady Gaga).
Click through for the best NYC holiday windows of 2011— we know what you'll be doing this weekend.