There is something special about New York at Christmas time; it’s no wonder people travel from all over the world to experience the special magic on Fifth Avenue. Working on Fifth Avenue, right next to Rockefeller Center, I was lucky enough to pass all of the massive decorations on a daily basis (and unfortunately experience the downside of the horrendous crowds). Of course, the best time to see the lights and window displays is at night. Here is a short guide to all of the best window viewing on Fifth Ave.
Iconic Bergdorf is known for its extravagant window displays every year. 2015 was no different – in honor of Swarovski’s 120th anniversary, Bergdorf used over 7 million crystals to create different themed displays in each window.
Tiffany & Co
Tiffany’s windows are probably my favorite every year. The window displays are always so simple, yet beautifully done. Not to mention the massive light display lighting up the store front. The light display was inspired by the Tiffany Diamond Collection at the 1939 World’s Fair. The lights light up like fireworks every fifteen minutes after sundown.
Saks Fifth Ave
Saks, of course, is directly across from Rockefeller Center, making this one of the most crowded sections of Fifth Avenue. They have actually installed ropes in front of the window displays to help people queue in an orderly fashion. The displays for this year are icy world wonders. Additionally, Saks has a light show that makes the Tiffany display look like a joke. The lights display a castle, flashing synchronized to the song “Carol of Bells”
Last, but definitely not least, is the Rockefeller Tree. While the official tradition of lighting a tree in Rockefeller Center began in 1933, the roots of the tradition actually started during the construction of Rockefeller Center during the depression, when the construction workers would decorate and light a much smaller tree on Christmas Eve.
Fun fact: I shot ll of this on my iPhone 6s Plus! the camera is amazing!