Display windows are a key element of Christmas shopping. The abundance of creatively decorated windows gives every shopper or stroller the chance to have a glimpse of every shop, fancy as can be, without spending a dime. Shop owners and designers compete with each other in an effort to visually celebrate the holiday shopping season, and all the buyers and visitors have to do to truly enjoy the holiday spirit is stop for a moment and have a glance.
Even if you are on a tight budget, the array of display windows allows you to enjoy the most desirable shopping spots like Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, and more, free of charge.
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Macy’s Christmas Display Window
Macy’s is one of the most popular window-sighting destinations in NYC. Macy’s are to unveil their holiday window display on Thursday night, November 27 2014. The windows will be revealed on sunset, with a little help of the Broadway cast of “You Can’t Take It With You”, and an all-day screening of the memorable holiday movie “Miracle on 34th Street”.
Macy’s Christmas windows display is the most famous of the NYC Christmas windows displays, and features two series of holiday show windows: one that is dedicated to scenes from “Miracle on 34th Street” and another that changes every year.
Saks Fifth Avenue Christmas Window Display
Located just across Rockefeller center, this iconic shop creates every year a fantastic Christmas window display that captures the imagination of children and adults as one. Saks window display is usually three-dimensional, animated and musical. You will have to wait in line to see their complicated displays, but it is always worthwhile.
Bloomingdale’s Window Display
The display of this luxurious department store is a sure hit. Unveiled with a matching red carpet and curtains, its intricate and elaborate displays are captivating.
Lord & Taylor Christmas Display
Lord & Taylor’s display is one of the most popular destinations for window viewing, and thousands of locals and tourists gather round to take a glimpse on it every year. This store uses a hidden system of hydraulic lifts to carry the displays into the windows.
New York City is a favorite shopping destination all year long. During the holiday season, the shopping craze is taken to a completely different level, with masses of New Yorkers and tourists storm the stores and the shopping malls in search of great findings in the lowest possible prices.
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New York City Christmas sales season is divided into three parts:
Black Friday, the first major sales event on the day after Thanksgiving (November 28), is known as the busiest and most crowded shopping day of the year, and the major stores entries become a camping site the night before. Note that the deals usually continue the following week.
Boxing Day, the traditional post-Christmas sales day on December 26, where many stores offer 50%, 60%, 70% and even 80% discounts.
New Year Shopping Sale, the final stage of the Christmas shopping season, opening on January 2nd.
Christmas Shopping Do’s and Don’ts
- Plan ahead. Save time by planning your shopping trip ahead and save money by checking online the deal’s detail and even printing coupons.
- Prepare yourself for long walks and even longer waiting. So, wear comfortable shoes and layering clothes to fit both indoor and outdoor weather, take a book, a tablet or a friend to keep you entertained while waiting, and lots of patience.
- Set up your priorities. Not all discounts created equal, and you don’t want to wait in line for hours for a $15 discount on a jacket. So, focus on the biggest discounts on the most expensive items.
- Don’t skip the small print. Look for deal terms, return policies and the small details that stand between a crazy deal and a waste of time.
- Don’t shop on rush hour. Weekends and evenings are usually the busiest shopping hours, and many stores offer special deals early risers and night owls.
- Shopping outside the city. Many visitors have learned that the best way to shop in NYC is outside NYC. Some of the biggest outlets with the lowest prices are located in New Jersey, about an hour drive from NYC.
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- Shop online. Who says you have to shop in brick and mortar stores to enjoy Christmas sales? You can find great deals on many online stores and avoid the crowds, the cold and endless queues.
Some Background on Black Friday
Surprisingly, the name Black Friday was probably not coined as a positive phrase. The term was used to describe the hectic business and overcrowding of vehicles and people in the weekend after Thanksgiving Day. Even so, good or bad, this day is undoubtedly the shopping day of the year, and the Black Friday weekend is a great chance to catch good deals on your desired items.
Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a traditional NYC event where giant balloons cover the sky and the streets are filled with marching bands, floating stages, scenes from Broadway shows, dancers, clowns and millions of spectators. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season, and it is followed by Black Friday and the endless pre-Christmas shopping sales.
New York City attracts art enthusiasts all year long. With its rich variety of museums (not just art museums, but design, fashion, nature and history museums) and the numerous galleries, it is always a good time to see art in New York. If you are visiting New York in November, you don’t want to miss these exhibitions:
November 4 – El Greco in New York at The Met & The Frick Collection
The Metropolitan Museum and the Frick Collection are celebrating the 400 anniversary of the death of the great painter Greek-Spanish late-renaissance painter El Greco, in two simultaneous exhibitions. El Greco, The Greek, was born as Doménikos Theotokópoulos in Crete, Greece, and later immigrated to Italy, where he was tutored by renaissance master Titian, and to Spain, where most of his artworks were created and still exhibited. The exhibitions display the largest selection of El Greco paintings outside Spain.
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