Christmas in New York City: Window Displays & Decorations

The Rockefeller Christmas tree in New York City

Every year, Christmas in New York City is the most decadent and delightful time to see festive decorations. From Saks Fifth Avenue to Macy’s to the giant tree in Rockefeller Center, New York City is super fun during the holidays.

Department stores along Fifth Avenue and beyond go all out with decorations and create their own holiday stories through special themes, making a walk through the city a fun way to get into the Christmas spirit. On a recent trip to NYC, I snapped the below photos to show you some of New York City’s top department store windows and iconic locations and how they decorate over the holidays. Perhaps it will give you some last minute decorating ideas or get you jazzed for a future trip through Manhattan in December.

Bloomingdales on 59th Street and Lexington Avenue brings on the dogs with bling this year with mirror-faceted figures. Their theme is “The Surprise and Delight of the Holidays Through the Senses.” Lord & Taylor creates a winter escape outside of its windows. Passersby stroll under an evergreen canopy festooned with Christmas lights.  

Fifth Avenue decorations in NYC

Lord & Taylor busts out the sweet treats with this year’s theme: “. . . A Few of Our Favorite Things”.  Macy’s theme this year is “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in honor of the 50th anniversary of the holiday special.  Rockefeller Center definitely gets mobbed during the holiday season, as people flock to see the gigantic tree.  I was lucky to walk by Rockefeller Center’s iconic tree just as NYC’s Mounted Police lined up for photos. They complete the Manhattan Christmas scene.   

St. Patrick’s Cathedral keeps it simple and classy outside with a beautiful wreath. Inside, visitors can marvel at a special Nativity Scene created by Italian artist Franco Artese. The New York Public Library’s marble statues named Patience and Fortitude get wreaths for collars.

Every year there are different themes and experiences, making Manhattan during the holidays truly shine. And if you feel like making a side trip, head out to Dyker Heights in Brooklyn for a truly special neighborhood explosion of decorations. It’s truly a bling world in Brooklyn!


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