By Maddy Marcus

There’s nothing quite like New York City around the holidays. By mid-December, the tree is up and lit in Rockefeller Center, along with the trumpetting angels and ice skaters down below the crowds. It is around this time that the major departments stores of Manhattan doll up their display windows with Christmas decorations and festive attire. Each year the displays change and tourists from all over flock around to get in the Christmas spirit. These are the best displays of this year.

Bloomingdales

The Bloomingdales on 59th and Lexington kept things on the down-low this season. The department store filled their front windows with characters from the upcoming animated movie, Sing. The Sing display also had an interactive karaoke machine, where children could sing along to popular holiday songs. The side windows are decorated with light displays and the phrase “Light Up A Young Mind” engraved on plates in front of each window. Overall, the Bloomingdales display wasn’t as eye-catching as some of their competitors storefront displays.


 

Bergdorf Goodman

Bergdorf Goodman on 5th Avenue put a lot of green into their display. Quite literally, the windows were filled with lush, jungle-themed displays. Intricate animal statues accompanied mannequins dressed in the latest designer fashion.


 

Cartier 

The Cartier Boutique on 5th avenue was wrapped up like a present this season and guarded by two jaguar statues covered from head to tail in Christmas lights. Like many things in New York, the usual Christmas displays are large and in charge. However, Cartier did their displays on a miniature scale, capturing the essence of the holiday season while also showcasing jewelry and watches among the scenery.


Saks

Saks 5th Avenue topped the city’s displays this year, for sure. In addition to a light show that plays every half-hour in the front of the store, Saks’ candy-themed window display was as intricate as it was delicious-looking. Each window supported one or two mannequins among a scenery of candy and bright colors. Lollipops, mints and rock candy sticks were all featured and–in some windows–twirled around.


 

Macy’s

Macy’s itself is a symbol of the holidays, so naturally, the window displays are the biggest and best they can be. Macy’s definitely tied with Saks, in my book. Their windows never fail to bring in the holiday spirit. This year featured decorative borders with titles like, “Giving,” “Celebrate” and “Santa,” giving each window it’s own theme. The display also featured a giant playable game of pinball, activated by a button just the right height for small children to join in the fun.