From nearly 14,000 feet of garland to millions of crystals to a tree made of 250 pounds of chocolate, this year's holiday windows are guaranteed to astound.
New York City puts on quite a show each December, as shoppers, commuters, and visitors alike are entranced by the jaw-dropping holiday window displays. Here, just a few of the details that go into this year's eye-popping designs:
TIFFANY & CO.
The classic high-end jeweler features stacks of tiny Tiffany Blue boxes add pops of color to the playful miniature landscapes with figurines doing all kinds of wintery things: ice skating, schlepping piles of presents. Each scene sparkle and shimmer like the store’s diamond-filled display case
SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
Saks's display includes 354,819 individual points of light that are controlled to create the extravaganza. It took over 12,000 hours and more than 250 people—domestically and internationally—to create it over the course of a year. It also involves 13,943 feet of garlands, 5,042 square feet of foliage (including two 63-foot vertical panels).
7.6 million Swarovski crystals were used to create Bloomingdale's windows this year. The wondrous, dynamic display is the outcome of a partnership with “The Greatest Showman,” a movie about the life of the circus kingpin P.T. Barnum. It opens in theaters on December 20th..
BARNEY'S NEW YORK
Barney's 2017 windows are psychedelic Technicolor menageries that fuse childlike whimsy, dynamic streetwear culture, and refined couture. Designed to illustrate four different eras of life on earth, from primordial to futuristic.
Anthropologie's windows pay tribute to nearby Radio City Music Hall's Art Deco style, with fancifully dressed mannequins appearing in an old-timey, Big Band-era broadcasting station against a wall of vintage speakers and radios.
In Godiva's window is a seven-and-a-half-foot tall chocolate tree that stands in front of a 9-foot chocolate building façade. Nearby is a small, you guessed it, chocolate version of the famous brass Prometheus statue, as well as a cheery ice skater.
New York City during the holiday season is packed with festivals, markets, and gorgeously decorated public space, and despite the crowds, lodging is sometimes more affordable this time of year than you might think.