Holiday Traditions 2010: Christmas Department Store Windows Walk
Remember this: your children's holiday memories won't be about the toys they get under the tree, they're going to be about the wonderful holiday traditions that your family shared. One of these traditions should be going to see the department store holiday window displays. These festive holiday windows are a great way to get into the holiday spirit and this simply magical experience is completely free.
Lots of people like to do the Holiday Windows Walk on Christmas Eve, but it's also a great way to walk off your Thanksgiving turkey because the crowds tend to be smaller when the stores are closed (and before the
Macy's is the originator of this tradition and back in the early days, the original Macy's window displays were mechanized and powered by store employees on treadmills! Today they actually offer two different displays, both classic NYC Christmas stories.
While there head inside and upstairs to take a seat on Santa’s lap in their over the top North Pole. If you need a break you can grab a seat in
If the kids are getting tired, you may want to take a break on the stairs outside the
These windows are opening tonight so I wasn’t able to see them on my window walk. While there, don’t miss the beautiful snowflakes that light up and twinkle down on the
Grab some hot chestnuts from the vendor on the corner and grab a seat on the stair at St. Patrick’s Cathedral (or inside the church sans the chestnuts.) Hungry? Hit the classic NYC coffee shop Prime Burger (
Fifth Avenue at 58th St
Bergdorf’s has fantastically opulent holiday windows again this year and while they're not very traditional and don't have Santa in them, kids may still be intrigued by their fairy-tale likeness. This year the overall theme is travel with trains, ships, and carriages (along with the zodiac and a bunch of other stuff, too.) Don’t miss the giant UNICEF snowflake in the middle of the street.
Take a rest on
This year the Bloomies windows feature 100 digital screens assembled in a mosaic that will whisk you away to a dreamy and peaceful winter landscape. Watch as the magical cardinal lights up the Christmas Trees one by one. Mesmerizing.
If you can make it go over to
To walk it all:
Head up town from Macy’s by starting on
If you are heading downtown, start at Bloomingdales head west to
An easier way to get in the spirit:
To see all the Holiday Windows on foot can be a long trek with kids. For an easier way to catch some
For more holiday fun check out the Mommy Poppins Holiday Guide.