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Holiday Window Displays

Holiday Window

It’s officially November, and whether you believe the holidays don’t start until Thanksgiving or not, how you decorate your store should already be on your mind.

To find inspiration we turned to the Big Apple to see their best window displays from last year’s holiday season.

Barney’s New York

In first place, due to it’s charitable aspect, is Barney’s New York. Simple yet moving, they used 2 million pennies to spell the work “Change” for their Make Change campaign with plans to donate the funds to charity after the New Year.

Tiffany & Co.

In second place is the one and only Tiffany and Co. Staying true to brand, their window was less dazzling than nearby window fronts, but cute nonetheless. Using their iconic blue boxes, they created a robot with chrome mice running around to spark the magic gifts can provide on Christmas morning.


A nod to the Christmas classic, Bloomingdale’s celebrated the third release of the Grinch with a Grinch-themed display. What stood out was the interactive aspect, with tunes and photo opportunities no child (or even adult) could resist taking apart of.


Bergdorf Goodman

Coming in a close fourth is Bergdorf Goodman’s window display who, like Tiffany & Co., remained true to form. This loud, vibrant display demanded attention and caught everyone’s eye, just like the brand.

Saks Fifth Ave

Last but not least is Saks Fifth Avenue with their window themed “Theatre of Dreams.” The whimsical display plays tribute to nearby Broadway; what tradition does your community have you could incorporate in your display? What makes your town unique? If you’re struggling with ideas start with that question and brainstorm from there.

The holidays are a magical time many people look forward to. Get in the spirit early by beginning to plan your window display.

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Holiday Window Display

Can you believe it’s that time of the year again? The holidays will soon be upon us and the spirit is already in the air.

It may seem too early to start planning your holiday window display but by the time Thanksgiving comes it’ll be too late. Here are some window display that really stand out:

  1. Lord & Taylor: Less isn’t more, more is more! With 9,000 feet of garland, foliage, and lights, of course this window display takes the cake. Not to mention the hand carved statues of dancing raccoons and smiling polar bears, kids and adults alike found this display a delight.
  2. Barney’s: Another nod to childhood, this window went with the theme of love, peace, and joy, and we’re able to capture that in three iconic pieces. (What word do you think the featured photo is trying to convey?)Barney's new york
  3. Bloomingdale’s: This display had all of the lights. Visual artists created different chandeliers that were auctioned just before the holidays with the benefits going to charity. Although this display stacked third on the list, it wins in community mindedness. (What a cool idea—how could you include a charitable component into your holiday display?) bloomingdale's
  4. Tiffany & Co.: Simple can still be beautiful. Of course you could expect something like that from Tiffany’s, but keep in mind what brand your store has. If you’re known for going big, it’s okay to keep it that way. Tiffany & Co
  5. Saks Fifth Avenue: Think Candyland meets the Nutcracker, this window display captures the magic of the holidays with its breathtaking, beautiful, and perfectly executed curation. Screen Shot 2018-11-05 at 7.28.07 PM

I know our small businesses don’t have near the time nor the resources as these big-name companies do, but I hope this list gets you in the holiday spirit. Happy decorating, and have fun!

*Note: These displays were featured in New York stores in December of 2016. Photos courtesy of Jetsetter.

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