Fave Christmas windows of New York: Lord & Taylor, Macy’s

Gingerbread House at Lord & Taylor. (Photo courtesy of NYCTrip.com.)

Gingerbread House at Lord & Taylor. (Photo courtesy of NYCTrip.com.)

It doesn’t take much to make us happy in NYC, I suppose.  Walking the streets, riding the subway, and taking in city sights rank right up there with visits to museums and restaurants.  (See, I said it doesn’t take much.)

But we’re not alone, judging from the crowds who also love staring into holiday windows and pointing out their favorite things.  This Christmas 2015 season was unseasonably warm in NYC, so some folks took advantage of the sunshine in their own sort of way.

Soaking up the rays on a warm December day in Macy's New York City plaza.

Soaking up the rays on a warm December day in Macy’s New York City plaza.

Two stores got our vote for best windows:  Lord & Taylor and Macy’s.  (By no means, however, did we see them all.) We like beauty, humor and any combination of the two as well as clever interpretations of a theme — and these stores had all of that and more.

Stacked gingerbread trees hold tempting baubles at the Lord & Taylor windows, New York City.

Stacked gingerbread trees hold tempting baubles at the Lord & Taylor windows, New York City.

Lord & Taylor’s patisserie windows delighted us “window tourists.”  Sugar-covered delicacies in bakery windows beckoned, and you could hear window peepers (like us) saying Mmmmmm while they gazed longingly at the culinary delights.

But the Peanuts children and the interactive windows at Macy’s won our vote for Best of Show.  The story line of Charlie Brown being in the doldrums at what everyone considers the “happiest time of the year” made for great narrative.

Charlie Brown needs support from Linus even at the happiest time of year.

Charlie Brown needs support from Linus even at the happiest time of year.

And not much could cheer him up — not even Lucy’s budget psychiatry.

Not even Lucy can cheer up Charlie Brown this Christmas.

Not even Lucy can cheer up Charlie Brown this Christmas.

But as we all know, it’s not things like trees and presents that make the difference.  Not even music by Schroeder.

Children stopped to play with the interactive piano at Macy's NYC.  Peanuts music in background!

Children stopped to play with the interactive piano at Macy’s NYC. Peanuts music in background!

What conjures up good feelings at Christmas?  It’s friends, of course.  Something Charlie Brown has aplenty.

So all is well in Peanuts land with Charlie Brown ready for the holidays and smiling at the crowd at Macy’s. You, too, can be a Peanuts friend by designing your own likeness at the store window.

Interactive window allows anyone to design a Peanuts character at Macy's NYC 2015.

Interactive window allows anyone to design a Peanuts character at Macy’s NYC 2015.

And so it goes.  Windows make people happy.  And New York at Christmas wouldn’t be the same without ’em.

Even a snowball fight with friends can be fun -- especially if you're in NYC!

Even a snowball fight with friends can be fun — especially if you’re in NYC!

For more information:

Article:  Schneier, M. “Elaborate Holiday Windows Dress Up New York Department Stores.” (November 28, 2015).  New York Times.  Retrieved from: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/29/fashion/macys-bloomingdales-lord-and-taylor-holiday-windows.html

Photo of gingerbread house at Lord & Taylor and other NYC windows available at NYCtrip.com

 

 

About Oh, the Places We See

Met at University of Tennessee, been married for 47 years, and still passionate about travel whether we're volunteering with Habitat Global Village, combining work at Discovery with pleasure, or just seeing the world. Hope you'll join us as we try to see it all while we can!
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4 Responses to Fave Christmas windows of New York: Lord & Taylor, Macy’s

  1. The windows are marvelous, Rusha. James and I have always wanted to see them at Christmas, but we’ve never managed to make the timing work out. Thanks for transporting us there. We wish you and Bert a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. All the best, Terri & James

    • Glad you liked the windows (which are even better in person). We found NYC to be wonderful this time of year, so we hope you get there sooner rather than later. Here’s hoping you have a very happy, healthy, prosperous new year full of great travel! Bert and Rusha

  2. Walking and taking in the views is my favorite way to visit places, too. Happiest of holidays to you.

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