NYC stores trim their windows as gifts to the city

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 22, 2013 at 9:44 am •  Published: November 22, 2013
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The windows, though, are trained on high tech with interactive installations that feature light shows and a virtual sleigh ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus, fresh off Madison Avenue makeovers.

The one people are most likely to be into is the one they really can be in. There are entrances and exits on the side of a darkened theater display for a three-minute, 3-D experience of the city skyline.

—Bergdorf Goodman: The "Holidays on Ice" theme exists in a "sort-of time warp," Hoey says. There are details from the 17th through 21st centuries — and all coated with a little glimmer and shimmer.

—Bloomingdale's: A quick trip around the block seems a trip around the world, with oversized packages celebrating shopping around the world, including France, Italy and China — and New York, of course.

—Henri Bendel: A celebration of the work of the late illustrator Al Hirschfeld, the windows peek into an imaginary dinner party — at a tony town house, of course — filled with the celebrities who so often were his subjects. The guest list includes Sarah Jessica Parker, Liza Minnelli, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn.

—Lord & Taylor: There's also a party going on here. It's part of the celebration of the traditional trappings of the season: shopping for gifts, taking tea and kissing goodnight.

—Macy's: A little boy journeys through an enchanted forest, meeting all sorts of extraordinary characters along the way, and comes away with belief in faith and some magical dreams.

—Saks Fifth Avenue: Snow falls from the sky in a 3-D light show. Or, could someone — or something — be shaking the snow from the rooftop? Follow the story of Yeti, an underappreciated snowmaker in Siberia. (Saks' display won't be unveiled until Monday.)

—Tiffany & Co.: A miniature sleigh filled with boxes in Tiffany Blue visits an enchanting neighborhood on a snowy night.

Those are the landmarks, but some other retailers have wrapped up their flagship stores as presents, too, including Tommy Bahama, wishing shoppers "Happy Huladays" in a sea of potted palm trees; Banana Republic, boasting a "candy shop"; and Kate Spade adding Swarovski crystals to the cityscape.

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Follow AP fashion coverage and Samantha Critchell on Twitter at @AP_Fashion and @Sam_Critchell

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