NYC Holiday Walking Tour

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Compiled by Catherine Petree

Holiday sites to see – a walking tour guide to all the best holiday store windows in Manhattan. This 1 hour, 2.5 mile, walking tour will keep you in the Holiday Spirit. Bonus points for grabbing a hot chocolate along the way!

bloomingdales

Bloomingdales, 1000 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

Windows on display from November 18–January 4

The windows themselves will focus on the theme of perceiving the holidays through the various senses and include mirrored sculptures and floral displays from world-renowned florist Jeff Leatham.

Lexus Barney's 2015

Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10065

Windows on display through the January 4

The windows entitled ‘Chillin’ Out” – are a wondrously wintry take on the holiday season. Embracing the chill that typically accompanies this magical time of year, our New York flagship’s windows celebrate winter by bringing one crucial element of the outdoors inside: ICE. They transformed two of our displays into giant walk-in freezers perfect for creating the chilly stuff and for displaying the handiwork of master craftsmen working with the medium. The two remaining windows draw their inspiration from ice, showcasing the work of world-renowned artists from a variety of fields and bringing the season’s merriment to passersby.

Each window has a different theme and name: ‘Winter Brilliance’ by Dale Chihuly, Features more than 700 hand-blown glass elements, the piece represents frigid winters and takes the form of a grand crystalline explosion set above a reflecting pool. The final result gives the impression of ice crystals frozen midair.‘Arctic Chase,’ The Barneys team partnered with Lexus to re-imagine the classic childhood “Penguin Chase” toy that sends the chilly birds around a track, blowing it up into a full-size racecourse through an icy mountainscape. Three crystal-encrusted penguins perch atop 3D-printed scale models of Lexus IS, GS F, and RC F cars, racing around a translucent track. ‘Ice Castles,’ the retailer turned two of the windows into a fully functioning walk-in freezer. This one-of-a-kind ice locker was custom designed and built to maintain the optimal conditions for ice, and from there, it was a little matter of two weeks of 24/7 care by three ‘ice farmers’ and 500 gallons of water to grown and harvest more than 2000 individual icicles. The whole structure receives a steady mist of water, allowing the shapes to morph and grown over the course of the installation. Add to this choreographed lighting in translucent shades of blue, green, red, and purple, plus an original musical score by Hannis Brown, and the final result transports the audience to the depths of a frozen empire. ‘The Ice Carvers,’ Taking place within the same custom ice locker as Ice Castles, world-renowned ice carving collective Okamoto Studio brings a live performance element to their window, which serves as a stylized studio-away-from-studio. Decked out in custom gear by Thom Browne for Moncler Gamme Bleu, this team of ice sculptors will be appearing in their glass-fronted studio now through December 31st, transforming blocks of crystal-clear ice into holiday-themed works of art.

Stop by the window at the following times to see them in action: Monday-Wednesday: Noon-7:30PM, Thursday-Saturday: Noon-8:30PM, Sunday: Noon-6:00PM.

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Bergdorf Goodman, 754 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10019

Windows are on display from November 17 – January 4

Bergdorf’s 2015 holiday windows, titled “Brilliant”, were designed in collaboration with Swarovski AG. The windows are sparkling in more than 7 million Swakovskis millions of crystals in celebration of Swarovski 120th anniversary. Each window represents a different theme.  As a prismatic cave, bedazzled suits of armor and life-size lions and a birthday ballroom with every cake and gift coated in crystals.

Tiffany 2015

Tiffany & Co., 727 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10022

Windows are on display from November 13 – January 4

The jewelry store establishment time traveled back to19th century for this year’s holiday displays, with each window depicting a fairy-tale–like winter diorama. The windows showcase: a tree covered in Tiffany designs, a bow bridge, a gift-laden mantelpiece and a broad assortment of porcelain animals and people. And don’t miss the eye-popping light show inspired by the Tiffany diamond’s display at the 1939 World’s Fair.

Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

On View till January 7

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a worldwide symbol of the holidays in New York City. The tress is locate Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. The Tree will remain lit and can be viewed until 8pm on January 7, 2016.

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Saks Fifth Avenue, 611 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10022

Windows are on display from November 24 – January 4

Saks is filling its windows with wintery versions of some of the world’s greatest natural and man-made wonders.

The windows include an icy Colosseum, a snowy Great Wall of China, and a frozen Great Barrier Reef.

The entire front facade of the store has been turned into a winter palace complete with crystal spires and a light show involving more than 225,000 illuminated elements.

 

Bryant Park, Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park

42nd between fifth and sixth avenues, between

The Ice Skating Rink

Open from October 30, 2015 – March 6, 2016

The Rink is the centerpiece of Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park. The 170′ x 100′ rink features free admission ice skating, in addition to high quality rental skates, skating shows, special events, and activities

Whether you are looking to skate before going to the office, through the lunch hour, with friends at a party, with a date, or for a spin under the stars at a holiday party, Winter Village is the perfect destination.

Celsius at Bryant Park

Open from October 30, 2015 – March 6, 2016

Overlooking the ice with rinkside views, Celsius offers lunch, dinner, and drinks every day.

With spectacular views of the park, ice, and holiday tree, this two-story restaurant also features glass-enclosed lounges and an outdoor terrace with heat lamps.

Celsius is also a perfect venue for holiday parties and special occasions.

Call 212-661-6640 for more information.

Lord and Taylor 2015

Lord and Taylor, 424 5th Avenue, New York, NY 10018

Windows on display from November 12–January 6

The Fifth Avenue retailer has created animated displays is store’s gift back to the city it calls home. With over 500,00 people walking by the 101-year-old building between Thanksgiving and Christmas the retail giant has truly created a show stopper cover the sidewalk in faux garland and twinkl . The theme of this year’s window decorations, “A Few of Our Favorite Things,” is depicted in scenes including “gingerbread kingdom,” “holiday countdown,” “cuckoo clock” and “sweets shop.”

Macys

Macy’s Herald Square, 151 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001

Windows on display through January 4, 2016

Macy’s Herald Square’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” holiday windows celebrate the 50th anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas” in 3D scenes recreating six key moments in the iron cartoon.

And don’t forget to visit Macy’s Santaland — a 13,000-square-foot North Pole village complete with live elves, an enchanted forest featuring animatronic toys and a large train display. Santaland is located on the 8th floor of Macy’s Herald Square on 34th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue. It’s open daily from the day after Thanksgiving. Santa arrives at the tail end of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and stays through Christmas Eve.

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