Fairytales in New York: the best Christmas store windows displays

Q: When is window shopping better than actual shopping? A: Now, when New York’s store windows become a series of very merry Christmas scenes If we learnt anything from Breakfast at Tiffany’s it’s that New York’s store windows are enchanting all year round. But at this most wonderful time of the year, they could just be enchanted; how else could they capture the season in such a way that makes us want to deck the halls, rock around the Christmas tree and buy expensive socks all at once? Just ask Elf, or Macaulay Culkin circa Home Alone 2, or any one of the 10,000 people that purportedly pass by Macy’s festive windows during peak hours. Or see for yourself…

Lord & Taylor, 5th Avenue

Go behind the scenes with the very merry Christmas creatives at Lord & Taylor for the exclusive ‘making of’ and unveiling of their 2015 Christmas window – part of their “a few of our favourite things” theme. By videographer Christopher Rosales.

Barneys, Madison Avenue

For… a fantastical, theatrical Christmas (previously designed by Baz Luhrmann)

Tiffany & Co., 5th Avenue

For… a down on one knee Christmas, of which Miss Golightly would certainly approve

Macy’s, West 34th Street

For… a traditional, red and green, Santa’s sleigh sort of Christmas (and reliving Miracle on 34th Street, obviously)

Bergdorf Goodman, 5th Avenue

For… a high-fashion Christmas straight out of the pages of Vogue

Bloomingdales, 3rd Avenue

For… a Christmas in New York Christmas (meta)

Once you’ve had your seasonal eyeful, explore more of the city with our carefully curated 48 hours in New York.

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