(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.
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.
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!