Thu. Jan 20th, 2022

New York’s holiday windows are back, honey! And they are better, more shiny and brighter than ever.

“This is going to be a Thanksgiving and a holiday season like no other,” said the ever-sunny Linda Fargo, Senior Vice President of Fashion at Bergdorf Goodman, adding that she was ready to enjoy every festive moment after last year’s COVID-laden holiday season.

It's that time of year to capture the holiday window of NYC's extraordinary department stores.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year to capture the holiday window of NYC’s extraordinary department stores.
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Santa Claus in the middle of the elaborate holiday decorations inside Bergdorf Goodman.
Santa Claus in the middle of the elaborate holiday decorations inside Bergdorf Goodman.
Christopher Sadowski

“I’ve noticed that the city lights seem to sparkle and glow more,” Fargo said. “Dinners with friends feel warmer and more satisfying. It’s an experience for tired eyes to see people dress up again. There’s a tangible energy around us that it feels good just to be a part of. It’s great to see our robust city get its mojo back! ”

Midtown actually started to look like Christmas a lot this week. Tourists yawned at a mannequin in a sequined mermaid dress overshadowed on a dazzling purple motorcycle behind Bergdorf’s glass. At Macy’s, a group of enchanted children stopped to pat their noses on a cartoon-like reindeer on display. And outside Bloomingdale’s passers-by, they stopped in their tracks to marvel at a row of skateboard-driving T-rex.

“He’s everyone’s favorite,” Bloomie’s vice president of visual merchandising and Windows, John Klimkowski, said of the dinosaur, which was inspired by his favorite childhood gift.

One of Bloomingdales' holiday windows.
A glam pose within the holiday windows at Bloomingdales.
Paul Martinka

This year, Klimkowski asked his team for some of their own happy holiday memories and set out to bring some of their most beloved gifts to life, ranging from a ballerina jewelry box to a collection of hand-knitted sweaters from mom.

“The goal was to create a group of windows that told happy stories that meant bringing the child forward in all of us with memories of the holidays,” he said.

Saks channeled the childish wonder into their windows – and asked actual children for their input.

Saks Fifth Avenue celebrates its annual holiday window and light show.
Saks Fifth Avenue’s windows focus on reconnecting with the family this holiday season.
Darian DiCianno / BFA.com

“Early on, we realized that this holiday season would be about reconnecting with friends, family and loved ones, and we wanted to bring that idea to life in the windows in an inspiring way,” said Andrew Winton, SVP, Creative at Saks Fifth Avenue. “But [we] realized that children could probably give much more imaginative ideas about the holiday than we could. We started talking to kids around New York City and getting them to draw their dream vacation scenarios – where they would go, who they would take with them and what they would do there – and then took those drawings and turned them into massive , artful installations in our windows. ”

Fargo said the annual tradition is about encouraging people to find the sparkle and beauty of life. “To cherish the present moment,” she explained, “where every healthy, delicious, and happy moment is a gift and a gift.”

One of the extravagant holiday window exhibitions at Bergdorf Goodman.
One of the extravagant holiday window exhibitions at Bergdorf Goodman.
Christopher Sadowski

Bergdorf Goodman celebrates “the present moment”, inspired by the “spirit of freedom, abandonment and adventure.” The luxury store’s famous extravagant exhibits burst with exquisite details: an apartment building with whimsical paper rooms and stuffed fabric cats and mice posing among a maze of skyscrapers; a mannequin in a gold brocade dress dancing on top of a moon in deep space; and all kinds of painted insects and birds. Inside, “Bergdorf Goods,” a special pop-up store, offers an extra dose of custom-themed merchant-themed magic in NYC, like a sweater with the Sardi’s logo from Michael Kors and a sausage-clad sausage from Judith Leiber. 754 Fifth Ave., at 58th Street

The dazzling annual light show on Saks Fifth Avenue.
The dazzling annual light show on Saks Fifth Avenue.
Darian DiCianno / BFA.com

Saks Fifth Avenue’s windows focus on reconnecting with the family this holiday season – after the pandemic kept so many loved ones separated last year. The design team asked NYC children, including members of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, to ask them to draw their dream vacation, and the windows recreate their illustrations – with cartoon-like carnival rides, a video game coming to life and a tropical getaway done in bright, playful colors and hand-sculpted structures. At night, passers-by can once again see the store’s dazzling annual light show with 700,000 flashing LED lights spanning the building’s 10-storey facade. Fifth Avenue and 50th Street

The reindeer on its toes with its Arctic friends at Macy's.
The reindeer on its toes with its Arctic friends at Macy’s.
Stephen Yang |

Macy’s lovely movable windows tell the story of Tiptoe, “a light – eyed reindeer” who dreams of joining Santa’s sleigh team to “deliver magic around the world on Christmas Eve”. The exhibits show the red-nosed toe going to flight school and learning to soar with the help of his Arctic friends, including a polar bear wearing a headscarf, a cheerful penguin and a pair of mouse friends. 34th Street at Herald Square

A holiday window in Bloomingdales.
The holiday windows at Bloomingdale’s celebrate the store’s “Give Happy” campaign
Paul Martinka

This year, Bloomie’s is giving an extra dose of cheers and optimism with its colorful, sumptuous windows celebrating the store’s “Give Happy” campaign. The windows bring to life the employees’ favorite childhood memories, such as spending Christmas morning playing with their new toys. A penguin family dressed in stylish scarves has a wealth of retro video games under the tree, a mannequin rides a T-rex with a Christmas tree body, and a pair of lively knit mannequins snuggle up on a crocheted loveseat in an explosion of yarn – a tribute to an employee’s memories of the ugly Christmas sweaters his mother knits for him every year. Lexington Avenue at 59th Street

A Sarafina's dance performance at Hudson Yards.
Every Saturday through December 18, the Sarafinas perform at Hudson Yards.
Stefano Giovannini

Hudson Yards may not have windows filled with stuffed cats and cute reindeer, but the West Side Mall has an equally smart holiday attraction: dancers!

Every Saturday through December 18, the Sarafinas – founded by Radio City Rockette Purdie Baumann – put on their most glittering slimming dresses and perform a high-kick routine to classic Big Apple tunes, from Sintatra’s “New York, New York “to the opening number of Bernstein’s” On the Town “. The eight long-legged ladies staged their show under 115 miles of flashing lights in the first floor Great Room at 6 p.m. 1pm, 3pm, 6pm and 7pm – part of the Hudson Yards’ “Shine Bright” festivities. 20 Hudson Yards, at 33rd Street and 10th Avenue

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