Window shopping in your local mall during the holidays can sometimes be more disappointing than entertaining, but not when visiting one of these world-renowned displays. As Denis Frenette of Lord & Taylor said of the department store tradition, “It’s our gift to the city.”
Macy’s, New York City
Is it really the holiday season if you don’t spend an hour (or five) rubbing elbows with the crowds at the 34th Street Macy’s location in New York City? The displays at Macy’s are worth it, if just for the traditional, heart-warming feeling they give you. They consistently play homage to Miracle on 34th Street (because how can you not?), while still putting a creative spin on it year after year.
Harrod’s, London, England
If any department store is known for its luxurious stamp on all things holiday-related, it’s Harrod’s. With a toy department that makes even the most sophisticated of adults googly-eyed, it’s no surprise they go all out for their window displays as well. Harrod’s partners with various designers—think Burberry and Dolce & Gabbana—to bring the public a stylish and unique window spectacle worth gawking at.
Harvey Nichols, London, England
Electric and eye-catching, the windows at Harvey Nichols are ones you find yourself standing in front of for just a little too long. Committed to the obscure, the visual team at Harvey Nichols just wants to give the people something to smile at. With LED fixtures, glitter galore, and no shortage of bright patterns, make sure to put this department store at the top of your display bucket list.
Barney’s, New York City
If you want the luxury that Fifth Avenue offers without the hefty tourism, head to Madison Avenue for a more enjoyable shopping experience—home to countless shops, including the famous Barney’s. Known for their artistic themes and intricate handiwork, these are displays not to skip out on. In the past, they’ve created ice formations (yes, a walk-in freezer was utilized), hand-blown glass fixtures, and countless other innovative designs to bring you the very best of holiday craftsmanship.
Fortnum & Mason, London, England
In the hubbub of Piccadilly Circus is where you’ll stumble upon the retail magnet Fortnum & Mason—known for their glamorous afternoon tea, but also for their technological-savvy window presentations. Spanning over 9 windows, Fortnum & Mason enlists artists like illustrator Brett Ryder to bring their joyful displays to life.
Rodeo Drive Shops, Los Angeles, California
While snow may not be on the ground as you marvel at the stores lining Rodeo Drive, grab a hot chocolate anyway because these displays still bring the holiday spirit. Although not as extravagant as those in New York, these windows are ones to appreciate. Stefano Ricci brings winter wonderland to the California streets with white Christmas trees and icicles on display, while Louis Vuitton keeps it classic with a few winter-related decals alongside their luxurious goods. No winter weather, no problem—take all that the luxe of California has to offer and spend a couple of hours walking and admiring anyway.