NYC’s Holiday Displays

NYC is justifiably famous for its glittering holiday decorations.  Every season, talented artists create dazzling displays in stores and public spaces.  Here are some of you won’t want to miss…


Store windows

Detail, Lord and Taylor Holiday window

Detail, Lord and Taylor Holiday window Photo: Author

Lord and Taylor  – since 1938, Lord and Taylor has featured wonderful animated holiday windows.  This season’s designs are based on drawings from local school children. 424 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY 10018  Website

Macys Herald Square – the World’s Largest Department Store (setting of the classic holiday film Miracle on 34th Street) features animated windows at its main entrance on Broadway, as well as along 34th Street.  Broadway between 34th & 35th Streets.  Website

Saks Fifth Avenue – this grand old department store features animated themed windows on Fifth Avenue (just across from Rockefeller Center’s beautiful Channel Gardens and Christmas Tree).

Macys Holiday Window

Macys Holiday Window Photo: Author

Barney’s – the ingenious, whimsical windows at this luxury department store are unlike other holiday displays.  Each year’s theme is humorous and features caricatures of celebrities.  This year’s theme: Gaga’s Workshop.  660 Madison Ave. @ 61st St. Website



Christmas Trees –

Rockefeller Center – this towering tree, standing in Rockefeller Plaza, is illuminated by 30,000 LED lights and topped by a Swarovski crystal star.  Along with the Angels in the Channel Garden, it’s an awesome sight.  The Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place November 30th (The scene always attracts huge crowds, which may test your holiday cheer).  Between 5th & 6th Avenues and 49th – 50th Sts.  Stunning view from top of Channel Gardens at 5th Ave.  Website

The Metropolitan Museum – set amongst medieval art treasures, this tree is decorated with 50 silk-robed Cherubs and Angels.  Below is an authentic 18th century Neapolitan Crèche (figurines depicting a Nativity scene, along with traditional village characters). Recorded music and candlelight complete the scene.  November 23,2010 – January 6, 2011.  5th Avenue and 82nd St.  9:30am – 5:30pm (9pm Fri. & Sat).  Closed Mondays.  Suggested admission: $25.00  Website

Met Museum Tree and Creche

Met Museum Tree and Creche

South Street Seaport – the annual 40-foot Seaport Chorus Tree includes singers caroling songs of the season.  The Tree Lighting event is scheduled for November 25th.  Performances will continue on Fridays 6pm and 7pm; Saturdays and Sundays 3pm and 4pm through December 24th.  There is also a Light Show Mon – Fri, 5pm – 10pm, every hour on the hour  Website

Citi Pond – the large, sparkling Holiday Tree rises above the skating rink and is surrounded by Holiday boutiques, transforming Bryant Park into a festive holiday destination.  The Tree Lighting Ceremony (which will feature musical and skating performances) will take place November 29th. 5th – 6th Avenue, between 40th & 42nd Streets..  Website

Holiday Train at the New York Botanical Garden – set in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, model trains chug over bridges and past replicas of New York landmarks made of plant parts such as nuts, bark, and leaves.  Show favorites include the original Yankee Stadium, Statue of Liberty, and Brooklyn Bridge. Nov. 19, 2011 – January 16, 2012.  Basic hours: Weekdays 10am-6pm, Weekends10am-7pm (hours can vary, so check the website). Adults: $20.00, Children: $10.00  2900 Southern Ave., Bronx, NY  Directions

Christmas Rockefeller Center

Christmas Rockefeller Center

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