Through My Lens : Holiday Season in NYC

The holiday season in New York City is one of the most magical times of the year and one of my favorite holiday activities is to venture to midtown to take in the sights from the tree in Rockefeller Center to the various holiday windows on Fifth Avenue. I brought my camera along to share some of what I saw.

Giant Christmas ornaments outside 1251 Avenue of the Americas
Rockefeller Center
The show on the front of Saks Fifth Avenue
I wasn't that impressed with Saks' holiday windows. This one with a multitude of rotating snow globes was the only one I liked.
Their holiday party windows were more interesting to me. Check those Jimmy Choos!
A sparkly red bow on Cartier
Harry Winston
A crystal serpent on the side of Bulgari and the 57th Street holiday snowflake
The holiday windows at Bergdorf Goodman are always a favorite and some of the best. The Ziegfield Follies inspired theme brings forth the "Bergdorf Follies" in a series of dazzling and dramatic theatrical windows.
Barney's New York partnered up with Disney for their holiday windows themed "Electric Holiday" this year. A short video presentation plays on a loop. It tells the story of Minnie Mouse looking at a fabulous dress in a shop window and imagining herself transported to Paris, mingling with the fashion crowd and walking the runway with her friends. It flashes out to Mickey presenting Minnie with the the dress of her dreams. Not sure how I felt about this presentation but the Minnie and Mickey part at the end was cute. 

Speaking of Christmas, here is an infographic that illustrates how much money is spent to celebrate the holiday. Pretty fascinating.
christmas price 4 Cost Of Christmas Infographic


Ely Ann said...

Ah, NYC must be so beautiful at Christmas! I'm feeling a little jealous now, I can't lie :P I really hope to see it in person one day, your photos make me desire it even more!!

Have a lovely day!

Ely xx

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Love the glamorous designs! Really cool lights! You must love your cam for capturing all these haha. Cool shots Rowena dear! :)

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The Dainty Dolls House said...

Those are wonderful doll, I love the 20's decorations, those are stunning!! I always wanted to see NY in real life for Christmas, maybe one day :)) But, thank you for taking me there through your gorgeous pictures, I really appreciate it!! I hope you have a marvellous day doll xx

Jane said...

Oh my goodness, how I miss New York! Thank you for these lovely photos! I wish I was there. I love NY this time year. That first shot is a stunner!

Natalia | Look-A-Porter said...

So beautiful and festive! I wish I could be there just to see all these lights in person. Thank you for sharing the photos! x

Melanie said...

I recently got to go see the tree and the HUGE ornaments and it was so much fun!!! =)

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mandy said...

I really need to get out more xD The decorations and store fronts look so beautiful!

Amy said...

NYC is so colorful and pretty...Boston has added a few lights, but not as much for season! :(

Unknown said...

Have never been to NYC - love the photos, really set a scene! Thanks for giving us an insight into the seasonal festivity.


Sara Strauss {Sincerely, Sara} said...

I love New York City during the holiday season! It's simply magical!

little luxury list said...

You are right - Bergdorf had the best windows hands down. You took such great shots and make me miss home. I love your shot by Saks - can I use it with proper credits to you of course next week?

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homestilo said...

I love to see the windows but have been stuck in Crazyville not able to go see them. Thanks so much for this- perfect! (and now I feel like I saw it all)

hope in high heels said...

Gorgeous photos! Somehow the whole month has passed me by and I haven't gone to see any of the decorations yet... Hope you've been well, lovely x

Leslie said...

So pretty Rowena. I've never been to New York during the holidays.. in fact the only time I've been there was for lay-overs. I was there in July (coming back from Paris) and we had a three hour lay over and when in to the city. I was bummed because it was so hot, crowded, etc.. and I knew I wasn't seeing what I needed to. I must return and spend more time because I know it's a beautiful city filled with wonderful people.


Leslie said...

.. and WENT into the city.. {long day!}

Unknown said...

Wow, amazing and fabulous Christmas lights and decorations--Christmas is always so pretty in NYC. Hoping you are enjoying the holiday season Rowena and sending you lots of warm and happy Christmas wishes!

xo Mary Jo


This makes me smile! Everything just looks spectacular, especially in a city like NYC. Wishing you a beautiful holiday Rowena. Thanks for sharing such stunning images. xx/Madison

dimitri said...

It's so beautiful and very festive. Everything is so pretty. I love New York City during the holiday season!
Perfect photos. Thanks for sharing.

Lilli said...

Wow! One of the best Christmas post I have seen so far! I'm totally enchanted dear! The photos are stunning, I'd love to be there too! Fantastic and well done!:) Kisses dear!:*

Unknown said...

Your photos are absolutely amazing - the city looks magical!

Ana Carneiro said...

WOW! Everything is so beautiful and festive! I thought it would be impossible for me not to feel festive in a city that much decorated!

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Lena L said...

amazing pictures!
now it feels like holidays to me. :)
i was out yesterday and snapped a couple but looking at your pictures puts me better in the mood. ;D

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Sam said...

Aw wow, Christmas in New their anything more magical than that! Thank you so much for lensing these exquisite photos, you have truly captured the spirit and festive atmosphere of the city. The Harry Winston store looks gorgeous, I think you're in the best place to be at this time of year! P.S Thanks for your wonderfully thoughtful comment!

Rebecca said...

Oh my goodness! so jealous that you get to see such amazing decorations in NY! I love the Fendi store with the lights like a belt! So incredible!


A Very Sweet Blog said...

Rowena, you took some spectacular pictures doll! I've always wanted to visit NYC this time of year. I LOVE Rockefeller Center! Everything is so oversized (you know I love that!) I can't get over the huge ornaments and twinkly lights! SO PRETTY! I really like how the stores there decorate for the holidays. I wish they would do that here. HAHAHA Love the Bergdorf windows! You did a fabulous job capturing the essence of Christmas in NY. I thank you! I thank you! I thank you! Have a great weekend doll!

Jo said...

I wanna book a ticket and zip down to NYC just for all the window displays. They are simply lovely. Oh, Minnie Mouse looking all gorwn up and sexy doesn't quite gel well with me. She looks kinda odd and sexed up.

I only had to bundle up once during Xmas and that was years ago in NYC. I really love the feeling of "real" christmas in the cold wintry weather. I guess the grass is always greener on the other side. Lol

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classiq said...

New York must be magical this time of year. Merry Christmas, Rowena!

A BRIT GREEK said...

Now this is what I'm talking about, NYC doing some awesome X Mas window/lighting displays! Love Fendi's and well, all of them - I thought the big fairy lights were sticks of lipstick at first, lol! I bet you had such a lovely time just browsing and going for long walks around town.
The infographic is just great, I'm hoping to get some lovely coffee table books that i've had on my list for a while, wonder what I'll end up with.
Have a lovely Christmas sweetie pea.

Bravoe Runway said...

WOW! These window displays are gorgeous and while stores in Chicago do get festive...NYC takes to a whole other level! Merry Christmas Rowena :)

Stacey said...

I would love to spend Christmas in New York one day. I enjoy the Aussie summer but have always secretly hoped it would be cold just for that one day of christmas. It doesn't feel 'christmassy' otherwise! :P

Unknown said...

Rowena, I tried leaving a comment yesterday but was having computer issues. Just wanted to wish you and your family the loveliest and merriest of holidays! I adore your photos--NYC looks so beautiful this time of year!

xoxo Mary Jo

Unknown said...

I love holiday decorations, this season is so special! Nice to visit your blog again : )


helen said...

LOVE these pictures, especially because i just came back from the city and saw all of these wonderful decorations! :)

j said...

You make the tree and Rockefeller Center look so beautiful. When I saw it I was disappointed, but then again, the crowds were making me cranky so I could have won a million dollars and would still have been feeling the rage. ;) I had no idea the Harry Winston building changed colors, it was so pretty! I also missed the Mickey and Minnie video, I kept seeing the credits and thought that was all it was.

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Ivana said...

Oh Rowena, this is definitely my favorite Christmas post this year! You are such a talented photographer, and your pictures are so breathtaking! Seriously, I'm in awe! Thank you so much for transporting me to New York for a little moment!

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Unknown said...

Your pictures are always beautiful. Love the christmas spirit in these pictures. You are so talented! Christmas in New York is magical and all the window displays are absolutley gorgeous. I love the sparkly red bow on Cartier...simple and very creative :)

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