One of my favorite traditions during the holiday season is walking down 5th Avenue, taking in all the store windows, and ending at Rockefeller Center to see the tree. This year it happened on a blustery Tuesday night…we were graced with snow during the first half of the day, but by nightfall all that was left was nippy Christmas wind!
Starting at 58th Street, first up is Bergdorf Goodman. The theme this year is “Holidays On Ice”, and each window showcases a special non-Christmas holiday. The pink saturated Valentine’s Day window is by far my favorite.
Tiffany & Co on 57th Street did a particularly adorable job this year with dollhouse-size buildings adorned with the iconic little blue boxes. My favorite party of this intersection isn’t the diamonds (shocking, I know!), but rather the giant UNICEF sparkling snowflake that is suspended at the intersection. I always refer to it as a bit of Tiffany’s frosting.
Henri Bendel got quite whimsical this year on 56th Street, paying tribute to caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. The windows are adorned with caricatures of folks you know and love, Woody Allen, Sarah Jessica Parker, Marilyn Monroe, and my favorite, Audrey Hepburn. Bravo, Bendels!
Keep perusing down 5th and you’ll reach Saks at 50th Street, which showcases the Yeti Snow Workshop. Starting at the beginning, the windows follow the story of a little yeti who leaves his family in Siberia to make it as an artist in NYC (does that story sound all too familiar to anyone else?!) Take a walk across the street, and you’ll see the snowflake light show come to life on the facade of Saks after dark. Truly magical for kids and adults of all ages!
And of course…you made it! Directly across the street from Saks is the Rockefeller Christmas Tree! My holiday season has officially begun!
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By: Jessica Tiare Bowen