New York’s Christmas Department Store Windows Tour will bring out the wondrous, little child in you!
The world of New York City retail is revealed through its department store windows decorated for Christmas. These theatrical works of art are here to enjoy for only a few weeks each year. Get to see them efficiently and economically. Delight in their creativity, and learn the history behind Christmas window displays and the department stores that create these marvelous annual visions.
Our window-shopping includes all the major department and specialty stores in Midtown, such as Bloomingdale’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Tiffany & Co., Macy’s, Saks, Lord & Taylor, Henri Bendel, Van Cleef & Arpel, and Barney’s, plus the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.
Here is some of what you have to look forward to.
> Which Christmas character got its start as a window display?
> What store uses hydraulic lifts to put its displays in place?
> Which popular toy began by livening up window displays?
> What artist designed Bonwit Teller’s Christmas windows?
> What connection does L. Frank Baum, author of “The Wizard of Oz,” have with window dressing?
> Which 19th-century novel inspired Christmas windows?
> Whose house stood where Bergdorf Goodman’s now stands?
> Where does Macy’s creates its window elements?
> What technology lead to window shopping?
Read about and see photos of New York’s 2015 department store Christmas window displays on our blog “NYC’s Christmas Windows, 2015.”
The Tour’s cost is $30 for adults, $20 for seniors 65 years and older, and $15 for youths 13 to 18 years of age. Please consult the Calendar Schedule for the dates and times of the Tour. Click on the “Book Now” button at the top of the page or below to book your place. The Tour runs 2.5 to 3 hours. Bookings must be made at least 36 hours before the Tour begins.
You will need a MetroCard to take advantage of this Tour. We meet on the corner of Fifth Avenue and E. 38th Street, across from Lord & Taylor’s. The Tour ends in the courtyard of the Bloomberg Building, Third Avenue and East 59th Street.
It is strongly suggested that you travel light. We are on our feet for the entire time. Heavy backpacks and shopping bags can only distract from your enjoyment of the Tour. The terrain of this walking tour is level. You will get a good walking workout on this Tour! It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes.
All sales are final. If the weather is foul, that is to say if it is raining, snowing, windy or bitterly cold, the Downtown Manhattan Walking Tour will be replaced with the Subway Art Tour. All tours are conducted in English. Tours must be booked at least 36 hours in advance. All Tour participants assume normal liability for their behavior during the Tour.
Go to Book Your Tour; consult the calendar; and book this tour!
Come along, let’s talk about and walk about New York!
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