The stores unveiled their holiday windows earlier than usual this year, and that’s a good thing: These days, we can use a little Christmas — and Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Festivus — to brighten up the cold, dark days. Or, as one puffy-coated matron declared in front of Bloomingdale’s the other day, “We need to look at something fun and pretty for a change!”
There are things fun and pretty all over town right now. Along Fifth Avenue, Tiffany’s windows feature a break-dancing robot the same robin’s-egg blue as its boxes. Tommy Hilfiger’s up to the hilt in gold and silver balls, and Cartier has wrapped itself in a big red ribbon. In the 60s, the Madison Avenue trees are girdled in white lights, the facade of David Yurman an icy fantasy, with a family of polar bears. In Rockefeller Center, winsome woodland creatures peek from Anthropologie’s windows, while a block away, the newly revived FAO Schwarz opened its doors to a wonderland of toys.
Wear something warm, gather your loved ones, and check out the biggest tableaux in town.