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. With planning that starts up to a year in advance, each store's display is an epic enterprise defined by high-tech theatrics, detail-obsessed craftsmanship, military-caliber logistics, turbo-charged imagination, and lots and lots of crystals. (The windows at Bloomingdale’s alone involve several million of them.)
An afternoon stroll through Midtown Manhattan this season offers spectacles galore, from a light show worthy of Las Vegas along the 5th Avenue-facing side of Saks Fifth Avenue to a chocolate tree made of 225 pounds of chocolate at Godiva near Rockefeller Center to Bloomingdale's vintage-circus-themed extravaganza designed with a nod to "The Greatest Showman," the new musical biopic about P.T. Barnum starring Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams. We rounded up some images to give you a peek at the splendor gracing Manhattan's streets.
THE EPIC HOLIDAY WINDOWS AT MANHATTAN'S ICONIC HIGH-END STORES ARE ONE OF THE CITY'S MOST BELOVED TRADITIONS.
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.