Along with watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and visiting the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, many consider it a holiday tradition to view the festively decorated holiday windows at Manhattan's major department stores. From Bloomingdale's to Bergdorf, here's what you'll find at seven of them.
WHAT Holiday shopping around the globe, from far-flung locales including Italy, China and France. Each window features seasonal music from the featured country, plus wrapped presents that magically spin to display bejeweled city landscapes.
WHEN | WHERE Through Jan. 1 at 1000 Third Ave. (at 59th Street)
INFO 212-705-2000, bloomingdales.com
2. HENRI BENDEL
WHAT The work of famed illustrator Al Hirschfeld is the theme of this year's display. The main window shows three-dimensional Hirschfeld drawings of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Woody Allen and other celebrities.
WHEN | WHERE Through Jan. 2 at 712 Fifth Ave. (between 55th and 56th streets)
INFO 800-423-6335, henribendel.com
3. LORD & TAYLOR
WHAT This year's windows depict holiday scenes from a vintage New York City, such as a night for two on the town and a visit to see Santa Claus with the kids.
WHEN | WHERE Through Dec. 29 at 424 Fifth Ave. (between 38th and 39th streets)
INFO 212-391-3344, lordandtaylor.com
4. BARNEYS NEW YORK
WHAT Incorporating 3-D mapping, light projections and performers from the Upright Citizens Brigade, the four windows at Barneys, which show unique interpretations of New York City, are truly interactive.
WHEN | WHERE Live until Jan. 3 at 660 Madison Ave. (at 61st Street)
INFO 212-826-8900, barneys.com
WHAT Titled "Dream . . . and Believe," these windows show the magic of dreams through the eyes of a young boy, who imagines a crystal- frosted forest and an array of colorful characters on Christmas Eve.
WHEN | WHERE Through Jan. 2 at 151 W. 34th St. (at Seventh Avenue)
INFO 212-695-4400, macys.com
6. SAKS FIFTH AVENUE
WHAT Saks Fifth Avenue debuts its windows in a private event on Monday at 6:30 p.m. Violinist Joshua Bell, the Young People's Chorus of New York City and others will perform during a 3-D light show. The animated windows will depict the story of the Saks Fifth Avenue yeti, a creature said to live on the store's roof and make snow during the holiday season.
WHEN | WHERE Nov. 25 through Jan. 2 at 611 Fifth Ave. (between 51st and 52nd streets)
INFO 212-753-4000, saksfifthavenue.com
7. BERGDORF GOODMAN
WHAT Valentine's Day, July Fourth, Halloween and other holidays are re-imagined in frozen dioramas of ice and snow in Bergdorf Goodman's "Holidays on Ice"-themed windows.
WHEN | WHERE Through Jan. 6 at 754 Fifth Ave. (between 57th and 58th streets)
INFO 800-558-1855, bergdorfgoodman.com