Holiday Windows, New York City Style

(12 photos) I had a chance to make yet another quick visit to New York City in mid-November. Like the rest of America, the city had already begun decorating for Christmas. One of the must-do activities at Christmas is to stroll along Fifth Avenue from 59th Street to Macy’s at 34th Street to see the beautifully decorated holiday-themed department store windows and to visit Rockefeller Center with its enormous Christmas tree. This is not as easy as it sounds, as the sidewalks are jam-packed, with very little room to maneuver easily. Don’t believe me? Take a look at this image from last year when I was crazy enough to visit the city ten days before Christmas!

But I digress. This year, my visit was 10 days before Thanksgiving and my husband and I comfortably strolled down Fifth Avenue. We were window shopping and enjoying some of the early holiday decorations that were up in anticipation of the crowds arriving for the upcoming Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. I, of course, had my camera in hand, when I spied this couple peeking underneath the curtain shielding one of Bergdorf Goodman’s windows, emblazoned with the message “Holiday Windows Debut November 17.”  I stopped in my tracks, chuckling as I shot this photo. I envied the couple their boldness, especially since we were leaving the city on the 17th and would miss the event.

Two people peek underneath Bergdorf Goodman window curtain to see 2015 Christmas display

So, imagine my surprise the next evening (November 16) when, once again, I was walking up Fifth Avenue and saw three teams of Bergdorf employees removing the curtains from the windows! I have no idea why they were “debuting” the windows a day early, but talk about being at the right place at the right time! The unveiling took others on the sidewalk by surprise too, and we all felt giddy being the first ones to view the beautiful windows.

Employees work on unveiling Bergdorf Goodman's 2015 Christmas windows

Bergdorf Goodman 2015 Christmas Window "Glitterati"“Glitterati”

Employees work on unveiling Bergdorf Goodman's 2015 Christmas windows“The Crown Jewels”

Employees work on unveiling Bergdorf Goodman's 2015 Christmas windows

Bergdorf Goodman 2015 Christmas Window "Treasured"“Treasured”

Employees work on unveiling Bergdorf Goodman's 2015 Christmas windows

Bergdorf Goodman 2015 Christmas Window "Hidden Gem"“Hidden Gem”

Bergdorf Goodman 2015 Christmas Window "The Crystal Ball"“The Crystal Ball”

Bergdorf Goodman 2015 Christmas Window red "Brilliant Holiday"

Bergdorf Goodman 2015 Christmas Window white "Brilliant Holiday"

Bergdorf Goodman 2015 Christmas Window green "Brilliant Holiday" Red, White, and Green “Brilliant Holiday”

I have since learned that “Brilliant Holiday” is the theme of Bergdorf’s annual window display and that it incorporates millions of Swarovski crystals (which I can attest to). Hope you enjoyed seeing these windows as much as I did!

33 thoughts on “Holiday Windows, New York City Style

  1. I am swooning over these pictures! AND YOU GOT TO SEE THEM! Unveiled never the less! Oh what a joy they must have been to see. THANK YOU for sharing these awesome captures.


  2. This is a delightful tour of Bergdorf’s windows…my fave is The Crystal Ball, all that glitz…I bet the reading that day was wondrously bright and hopeful! I have yet to see our famous Myer windows in the Bourke Street Mall, but, today, the queuing was quite long, as usual, and that’s saying something considering the heat was in the early 40s celsius! Will view and take pix once things calm down. Lovely post, Stacy!


    • What fun to learn that Melbourne has a similar holiday tradition! I did some googling to see what it’s all about – very impressive indeed! I hope you were able to go back and actually “see” the windows. I still can’t get used to the idea of your Christmastime being in summer – Christmas and roaring fireplaces and snow just go hand-in-hand for me 🙂

      Thanks for your lovely comment, Janina.


      • Google-ing Myer’s Christmas windows…WOW…even I haven’t done that! Which year did you get in the images? Unfortunately, I may pass the place frequently, but have yet to see the windows…the queues are still quite long! As to the rest of Christmas, when I saw the city only a few days later, most of the good decorations had gone! Geez…I must say the spirit wasn’t there this year! At least, I’ve not felt it. I think it must be all the nastiness that went on in 2015…sometimes too much news is not good for you! Cheers, Stacy! Look forward to more posts.


  3. Oh my goodness. Talk about right place, right time, how glorious! We saw last year’s windows and they were just as incredible. The hours that must go into bringing those designs to life and there you were for the unveiling – woo hoo. I have to confess, I’m just a little bit green and it’s not the reflection off the Christmas tree, lol! 😉

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