Department store holiday windows have dazzled New Yorkers for more than a century.
Bergdorf Goodman’s 2016 holiday window display theme is “Destination Extraordinary.”
Lord & Taylor: Perched mother owl
Lord & Taylor’s 2016 holiday window display theme is “Enchanted Forest.”
Saks Fifth Avenue: "Bake a Leg"
Saks Fifth Avenue’s 2016 holiday window display theme is “Land of 1,000 Delights.”
Barneys: "South Park"
Barneys 2016 holiday window display theme is “Love, Peace, Joy.” Each window was designed by a different artist.
“South Park” creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their show with this display.
Tiffany & Co.: "Tiffany Flagship"
The theme of Tiffany & Co.’s 2016 holiday windows is “A Tiffany New York Christmas.”
The Bloomingdales 2016 holiday window display theme is “Light.”
This window is by artist Susanne Bartsch.
Saks Fifth Avenue: "Food Fight"
The New York Times said the Saks Fifth Avenue 2016 window display features the “best music.”
Lord & Taylor: Buried bear
Thirty-four hand-sculpted animals are featured in the windows, according to Lord & Taylor.
Macy’s claims to be the first store to ever feature a holiday-themed window display, starting in the 1870s.
Saks Fifth Avenue: “Peace of Cake”
This year, dresses from designers Erdem, Carolina Herrera, Marchesa and Jason Wu appear in the store’s 2016 holiday windows.
This window is by artists Erika deVries and Jonah Meyer.
Tiffany & Co.: "Rockefeller Center"
The total value of the jewelry in this window is $24,000.
Lord & Taylor: Slumbering foxes
A team of nearly 75 people worked on Lord & Taylor’s windows over the course of nine months.
Saks Fifth Avenue: “You’re Fairy Welcome”
The unveiling of Saks Fifth Avenue’s windows featured 85 dancers from the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School.
Bergdorf Goodman: "The Winter Garden"
The New York Times named Bergdorf Goodman’s 2016 windows the “most beautiful.”
Tiffany & Co.: “Diamond Iceberg”
“We’ve created the ultimate Tiffany holiday with dazzling displays that showcase trees trimmed with jewels and vignettes of iconic New York City landmarks that are a nod to our heritage,” said the vice president of Tiffany’s creative visual merchandising, Richard Moore.
Saks Fifth Avenue: "Bittersweet Chocolate"
The six windows on Fifth Ave. have been dubbed “The Nutcracker Sweet” by Saks Fifth Avenue.
Barneys: Tidal wave
The creator of this window is Rob Pruitt, an artist based in Brooklyn, New York.
Tiffany & Co.: "Winter Picnic"
Tiffany & Co. jewels adorn the plates in this display.
The creators of this window, Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel, drew from the 1970s TV show “The Love Boat” for inspiration for this window.
Lord & Taylor: Gaggle of geese
Lord & Taylor unveiled the store’s first animated holiday windows in 1937.
The chandeliers in the store’s windows will be auctioned off to benefit the Child Mind Institute, which works with children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders.
Saks Fifth Avenue: "Sugar High"
The window display is accompanied by a light show that will play on the facade of Saks Fifth Avenue every 10 minutes during the holiday season.
Bergdorf Goodman: "Bird’s Eye View"
The window displays take six months to construct, according to Bergdorf Goodman.
Tiffany & Co.: “Deck the Halls”
The color of Tiffany’s famous “Tiffany blue” box are incorporated into every display.
Macy’s 2016 holiday window display theme is “Believe.”
Artist Nick Cave designed this window. “It’s about how to create something that will stop someone in their tracks – even for just 10 seconds,” he said.
Macy’s says the installation of its holiday windows takes three weeks.
Bergdorf Goodman: “The Scenic Route”
“The windows are like magical realist versions of natural history museum dioramas,” said David Hoey, the director of visual presentation for the Bergdorf Goodman windows.
Barneys: "Love and Empathy"
“I hope it gives people pause, which is really what we hope to do as artists,” said this window’s creator, Ebony G. Patterson.
This window is by artist Abby Modell.
“In creating this year’s windows we wanted to focus on the idea of what Christmas meant to us as children,” said the creator of Macy’s windows, Roya Sullivan.