My husband and I took our annual walk around New York last week, taking in Christmas window displays, trees, and lights. We’ve done this every year since moving here, and I always look forward to it.
I took lots of pictures, of course. Come join me on my NYC holiday tour!
The general route of our NYC holiday tour is up Fifth Avenue, starting in the Flatiron District, and then continuing up Madison Avenue once we get to Bergdorf Goodman. It’s a long, but fun walk. This year, the weather was really warm, which was wonderful!
One of the stores I look forward to every year is Club Monaco. Their display featured stacked champagne glasses in the shape of a tree and stars.
L & W Oyster Co.’s decor was simple and cute!
We stopped in the Empire State Building next. The decorations were pretty, but very similar to last year.
After the Empire State Building, we took a detour on 34th Street to check out Macy’s.
Their windows were a combination of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Santa Claus,” which they have every year.
Macy’s location is super busy, and I’m not the biggest fan of their windows, so I may skip them next year … stay tuned! 😉
Near Macy’s, we spotted a vintage NYC bus. The city rolls these out during the holidays, and you can actually take rides on these old-school buses and trains.
Next up was Lord & Taylor, whose theme is “A Few of Our Favorite Things.” Lord & Taylor always has some of my favorite windows. Many were decorated with sweets.
There is scaffolding surrounding the front of Lord & Taylor, which they decorated with greenery and lights. It was so pretty!
We took the opportunity to snap a few pics!
Lord & Taylor also had Canadian Geese in some of their windows.
After Lord & Taylor, we walked past the New York Public Library.
Then, we headed to nearby Bryant Park to check out the tree and rink. We got into the holiday spirit by drinking hot apple cider while watching the skaters.
The next stop was Rockefeller Center, and thankfully, it wasn’t nearly as crowded as in previous years. Which meant that I was able to get good pics of the tree and plaza!
We had to stop and take some selfies, of course!
Teuscher, a chocolate shop that’s located in Rockefeller Plaza, had a pretty display.
The exterior of Saks Fifth Avenue across the street is gorgeous!
Saks Fifth Avenue’s theme is “The Winter Palace,” and the windows were gorgeous! I actually took most of these pics on the side of the building, not in front.
One of my favorite window displays was at Valentino, whose windows were lit up with the lyrics to “White Christmas”!
I also loved the windows at De Beers, which were filled with London landmarks. The cute decorations were actually simple cardboard cutouts decorated with navy paper and white puffy paint. I want to use this idea in my own home next year!
The Peninsula is always a must see. Check out that Bellhop in front!
Henri Bendel’s windows were “A Retrospective of Renowned Fashion Illustrator Izak Zanou.” The display looked like a small, but glam living room.
Harry Winston was covered in beautiful greenery and lights.
The windows at Mikomoto were really pretty, too!
Tiffany & Co. has a large display on the front of their building. I regret not crossing the street to check out the actual windows!
Next stop was Bergdorf Goodman. Their windows are always amazing, and this year was no different. The theme was “Brilliant” and each display was bedecked with thousands of Swarovski Crystals.
After Bergdorf Goodman, we switched over to Madison Avenue. The windows at Barneys are always really interesting and different. The theme was “Chillin’ Out,” and there was an ice carver in one of the windows (see left pic below). Another window had a brightly colored race track with cars zipping around the curves. My pictures don’t do these windows justice.
I loved the classic decorations at Morgenthal Frederics.
We took a detour for a late lunch next. I wanted to stop at Serendipity for frozen hot chocolate, but there was a 45 minute wait, which wasn’t going to happen. We ate delicious pizza at nearby Patsy’s instead, then stopped by Bloomingdales on Lexington Avenue. The back of the building had a Star Wars display.
The theme on the front of Bloomingdales was “Holiday Through the Senses,”
After Bloomingdales, it was back to Madison Avenue, where Chopard was decked out with sparkly branches.
Kate Spade’s window was fun and festive, just like you’d expect. I love those giant bows on the mannequins’ heads.
A lot of the windows had movement, but somehow I only took this one video at Tori Burch.
Dolce & Gabanna had a beautiful display. They also had another store across the street, and the windows looked pretty from the distance, but I was too tired to cross the street. 😉
Christofle’s window was filled with ornaments.
I always love the windows at Laduree … so pretty!
Ralph Lauren is always our last stop. We checked out the kids windows first, then the womens. The gorgeous building across the street is also Ralph Lauren.
On our way home, we stopped by The Met to see their beautiful tree. The magnificent tree is decorated with silk-robed angels and surrounded by a Neapolitan Baroque Crèche.
We walked across Central Park on our way home and were greeted by the most beautiful sunset. It was the perfect end to our day!