One of the most treasured holiday activities in New York City is visiting the famous department stores.
That's where you will see gorgeous, whimsical, and festive Christmas window displays.
As one of NYC's most luxurious department stores, Bergdorf's (as it's known locally) is regarded as the store with the most extraordinary and fashionable holiday window displays.
Bergdorf Goodman is located at 754 Fifth Avenue between 57th and 58th Street, just a few blocks north of Rockefeller Center's Christmas Tree.
Unlike Macy's famous holiday windows which feature animatronic characters, Bergdorf's have no moving parts.
But what they lack in motion, they make up for with extravagance!
Nearly every part of Bergdorf's windows is filled with elaborate props and intricately-painted background scenes.
For 2023, Bergdorf's holiday window theme has yet to be announced.
Architects, florists, jewelers, and upholsterers, are depicted with the tools of their trade in the most fabulous way!
The art of dressmaking, paper-mâché, scrapbooking, woodcraft and more also feature in the wildly creative window scenes.
Bergdorf's windows year-round are dazzling, but for the Christmas holidays, the window design department goes all out.
Planning begins in February for the holidays - eight months away!
A staff of 100 people contributes to the design, production and eventual installation, which takes nearly three weeks!
Stop by when you are in the area, whether you are at Rockefeller Center or in Central Park, just a block away.
You won't be disappointed!
Read more about New York City’s Christmas windows and our pay-what-you-like New York Holiday Lights Tour.