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Window Shopping in the Big Apple!

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks                                                                       dressed in holiday style,                                                                                     In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas…

Dear Friends,

My dream trip to New York City at Christmastime finally came true just a few weeks ago.  It was on my bucket list for years, as long as I can remember.   To visit during the holiday season and see the lighting of the colossal tree at Rockefeller Centre that symbolizes for many, including me, the arrival of the holiday season was something magical.  I will never forget it.

What a joy to experience the life of that city in the short weeks leading up to Christmas.  The 85th annual performance of the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. Broadway shows. Salvation Army bell ringing, singing and dancing on nearly every street corner.  A harbour cruise past the Statue of Liberty. Museums. Celebrity spotting. Friendly NYPD. A ride through Central Park.  The American Girl Store experience.     F. A. O. Schwartz. Santa and ‘Eloise’ at The Plaza.  Macy’s Holiday Lane.  The outdoor holiday Christmas markets, apple cider and skaters at Bryant Park.  Dazzling Times Square.  The Chocolatiers! Vendors selling roasted chestnuts.  Lighting candles at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The Empire State Building. Fabulous restaurants.  Choirs.  Window shopping…The sizzling sights, sounds and experiences are thrilling and infinite.

Most of all, I enjoyed the spectacular store window displays.  It was I had been yearning to see, and at no other time of year would do it for me.  Our visit had to be leading up to Christmas.  The department store window displays are a famous New York Christmas tradition, and you don’t have to spend a cent to enjoy it! Barneys. Bergdorf Goodman.  Bloomingdales.  Lord and Taylor. Saks Fifth Avenue…I took hundreds and hundreds of photos.

The windows at Bergdorf Goodman, a luxury department store located on 5th Avenue/ 58th Street south of Central Park in Midtown Manhattan, are probably among the most sophisticated and beautiful of all the high-style window displays in New York City. Dripping with glamour and brilliance.  I strolled by several times  to drink it all in, taking photos during the day and again at night.  The nightime shots are the most special.  This season’s windows are called “BG Follies 2012” inspired by the Ziegfeld Follies, Vaudeville and Hollywood musicals of the 1930’s.  These surely must be among the most dazzling, captivating store windows on the planet!

I have always loved store window gazing at Christmastime. Won’t you come window shopping at Bergdorfs with me this year? We can spend hours just outside the store immersed in the fantasy and creative wonder of it all! And, when finally we are able to tear ourselves away and go inside the store, remember to look up…

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I am happy to be re-sharing this post at “Oh, The Places I’ve Been!”

  1. Linda Harnett
    2012/12/20 at 10:43 pm

    Hi, Linda,

    Such beauty!!!!!! More, more, more, please!!!!!! Your pictures are a reminder of the dream holiday that my girls and I took to New York City at Christmas two years ago – the best holiday ever! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to reminisce yet again. I am so delighted that you shared your photos; they’re a gift that I will go back to again and again. I look forward to your next posting.


    • 2012/12/20 at 10:49 pm

      I am so happy that you are enjoying them, Linda! Thank you for taking the time to visit!

  2. ehickey
    2012/12/20 at 11:56 pm

    Sounds Amazing!!

  3. Paula Tessier
    2012/12/21 at 9:35 am

    Did you find it as difficult to leave NYC as we did? Such a treat and joy to be there during the magical moments of Christmas! Love these pictures, love the opulence of them, love that one can enjoy them repeatedly.

    Thank you Linda for bringing a little New York back to us.


  4. Gail Perry
    2012/12/21 at 1:05 pm

    Gorgeous! You spend all your time behind the camera, or what? Lol

  5. 2012/12/22 at 4:05 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing these amazing photos. A trip to NYC is on my bucket list, too, and now that I have seen these photos it makes me all the more anxious to go! I hope you have a blessed Christmas!

  6. 2012/12/22 at 7:23 pm

    Hi Linda,
    Opulent is right!!! Your photos are beautiful and I enjoyed a little peek with you. Looking forward to more!
    Merry Christmas,

  7. 2012/12/24 at 6:53 pm

    Thank so much for sharing these gorgeous photos! Have been to NYC many times and have always hoped to visit again at Christmas. This makes me want to hurray up and get there next Christmas!

  8. 2013/12/23 at 2:47 pm

    You blew me away with your photos of the sparkling birdcages. Thanks for sharing your visit.

  9. Mary-The Boondocks Blog
    2016/01/10 at 9:11 pm

    Such beautiful photos Linda. I miss the city so much, especially in the winter time. Thanks for sharing and giving me a taste of home.

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