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Where to See New York's Best Holiday Window Displays

The one time of year when we look forward to window-shopping
NYC Holiday Window Displays 2017
Photo: Courtesy of Macy's

All our Christmas shopping might happen through the antisocial comfort of Amazon Prime nowadays, but there's still a good reason why we're braving Fifth Avenue tourists: the holiday window displays. Get ready to bump shoulders with strangers, because these seven are making it look a lot like Christmas in the city. 

Tiffany: Currently Out

After you've had breakfast at Tiffany's (literally), don't forget to take a look outside, where the windows pay tribute to Christmas in the city. In typical Tiffany fashion, expect lots of sparkle, from the gold pint-size Rockefeller Center to the multiple-diamond-studded Christmas trees. 

Lord & Taylor: Currently Out

It took 75 people more than 35,000 hours to build The Best and the Brightest display, which depicts everything from high-fiving polar bears to a whimsical Christmas-themed circus. 

Bergdorf Goodman: Currently Out

Dubbed To New York, with Love, the luxury department store's displays are honoring NYC's most famous cultural gems, including the New York Philharmonic and New York Botanical Garden. 

Barneys New York: November 16

The Haas brothers, an L.A. design duo, are creating a colorful, Dr. Seuss-like spin on Christmas. Each window will shine a light on diversity and inclusiveness, centered around adorable taglines like Cactus What You Preach and Bee Yourself.

Macy's: November 16

It's worth making the detour to Herald Square, where displays at Macy's sprawling flagship will highlight the traditions that lead up to Santa's arrival. Speaking of which, you're missing half the show if you stay only outside. Beyond the revolving glass door lies an entire floor that's been transformed into a 13,000-square-foot holiday village, where you can take your obligatory picture with St. Nick himself.

Saks Fifth Avenue: November 20

Disney and Christmas are two words that trigger fuzzy nostalgia, so you clearly can't go wrong combining the two. This year, Saks is celebrating Snow White's 80th birthday with an unveiling concert—complete with a 40-member choir—and 14 window displays of the film's most iconic scenes, entirely animated for the first time.

Bloomingdale's: November 21

In collaboration with the The Greatest Showman, Bloomingdale's musical displays will be a Swarovski crystal-themed ode to the circus. Sneak out of work early enough the day of the reveal, and you'll be rewarded with circus acts tumbling down Lexington Avenue.

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