Monday, December 12, 2011

Getting festive

New York really is magical at this time of year. This is definitely a city that knows how to do Christmas without a hint of cynicism. Almost every shop makes me feel like a small child (Kevin in the classic Home Alone 2!) Pretty much every street corner has one of these lovely Christmas tree stalls so the whole place even smells festive. Looking forward to getting our tree up later this week!

Columbia even has it's own Christmas tree lighting ceremony (which sadly we missed) and the campus looks so sparkly now!

Walking around the city on Saturday we kept seeing loads of people in full Christmas fancy dress too. Initially thought they were just getting in the spirit, then it became a bit odd. Then we got home and googled it and turns out it was Santacon. What a weird event!

The famous Rockefeller Centre tree is pretty enormous but so packed with people you can't even get close!

The departments stores really go all out with their Christmas windows which are so pretty. I had a lovely sunny walk round midtown on Friday just soaking up all the magic.
(Apologies - it is quite hard to photograph windows in bright sunshine!)

Saks fifth avenue had a snow filled window selection.

Henri Bendel had some spectacular indoor displays too. It is a lovely old-fashioned department store and was apparently the first place in the US to stock Chanel.

Carousel themed windows at Tiffany & co.

Pretty wreaths at Bergdorf Goodman.

Who also have my absolute favourite windows with a spectacular animal theme. 

Look at the crowds!

Not that Christmassy but I just liked the circus at Louis Vuitton.

Lady Gaga designed the windows for Barneys (involving a lot of frankly quite creepy hair).

 Classic New York Christmas at Macy's!

Couldn't quite face the crowds at Macy's to get proper photos of the actual windows as it was a manic Saturday morning and Dave was waiting patiently for his brunch!

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