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Happy Holidays New York City Style


42nd Street NYC

One of my favorite places to spend a few days during December is New York City.  This year’s trip to the  Big Apple didn’t disappoint.

Holiday Decor in NYC

Decorations are always fabulous and creative.  Store windows are the best.  This year I was captivated with Barney’s “skater” in the window and their moving kaleidoscope type constructions.   The moving windows of UNIQLO, the trendy Italian store on Fifth Avenue,   stopped me for a bit. .  They actually move up three floors…….see the bright squares of windows in the photos in the different placements.    I noticed that lots of people walked right by without being aware of the moving windows.

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Barney's windows





 This year we went to a Holiday Showhouse on the upper East Side.  It was a sneak peak into the lives of the privileged elite and some ideas about decorating.  Isn’t the dining room stunning?





I always pop into Saks Fifth Avenue, never tiring of the white branches with the tiny lights on the ceiling. Fun to do a little browsing.  The former fashion writer and buyer in me couldn’t help but notice all the black on the markdown racks.  Did they over buy or are New Yorkers tired of their fashion staples?






Most fun at Saks was a display of Rockettes costumes designed by famous designers. I really enjoyed seeing them and marveling at the creativity and pizzazz.





Rockettes Costumes


If you’d like to see blog posts Holiday’s Gone By click on these links.  

Christmas Post :  Happy Holidays 

New York Dresses up for the Holidays 

New York City: Have a Foodie Holiday 

Scenes from a Day in New York City 

Savoring the Season New York City During the Holidays

New York City: Fleece Navidad  

You will find many more posts on New York City with specific recommendations about things to do but these focus directly on the holidays.  Enjoy!

Hope all  readers have a  peaceful holiday season.



Post Author
Susan J. Smith
Susan's career includes writing for newspapers, lots of community work and a wonderful family life. Now she is enjoying traveling, photography and writing for DesignDestinations and Grand Rapids Magazine. She welcomes you on her journey and appreciates your comments.


  1. posted by
    Barbara Rohwer
    Dec 24, 2014 Reply

    Thanks for the tour…maybe next year! New York kids coming here for Christmas – heavenly!
    Merry Christmas!

    • posted by
      Susan J. Smith
      Dec 26, 2014 Reply

      New York is magical at the holidays. I suggest going during the week if you can. Weekends are jammed. Need to plan extra time.

  2. posted by
    Judy Bereza
    Dec 24, 2014 Reply

    Thanks, Susan, for my vicarious trip to New York! I wish I could have walked a mile in your shoes. You and I are on the same
    wave length!

    • posted by
      Susan J. Smith
      Dec 26, 2014 Reply

      Yep. You would have loved the Showhouse (Holiday House). Lots of interesting design ideas. The Cubist exhibit at the Met was fascinating. I didn’t include in this blog post because no photos were allowed. Hope you can get to see it when you are in NYC in 2015.

  3. posted by
    Dec 25, 2014 Reply

    What a lovely tour of NYC! Wishing you peace this Christmas. Enjoy those beautiful grand children!

    • posted by
      Susan J. Smith
      Dec 26, 2014 Reply

      Thank you. You too!

  4. posted by
    peggy depersia
    Dec 25, 2014 Reply

    My one and only experience of NYC at Christmas time was as a 23 year old new teacher on an ‘art trip’. The Metropolitan, the Cloisters, Moma, NYC at night with huge drops of snow, the shop windows, Forty years of American Painting from the ‘New York School’ on exhibit. It was magical and piques my imagination still.
    Thanks for bringing back that memory.

    • posted by
      Susan J. Smith
      Dec 26, 2014 Reply

      Sounds like a lovely memory. Thank you for sharing.

  5. posted by
    Jeff Bangsberg
    Dec 25, 2014 Reply

    Once again, you find those places that are often overlooked by the town natives. I really enjoy the experiences you share via Designing Destinations! Wishing you and your family only the best.

  6. posted by
    Marie Preston
    Dec 25, 2014 Reply

    Sparkling Stunning Seasonal Spectacular NYC
    Thanks for taking us there Susan!
    Happy Holidays to you and your family!

    • posted by
      Susan J. Smith
      Dec 26, 2014 Reply

      Thank you.

  7. posted by
    Dec 26, 2014 Reply

    Hi Susan, always love your photo journeys…thanks, as always, for letting your blog readers drool over the Holiday decorations in the Big Apple.Hope you had a lovely Christmas. The only thing missing was the snow but I don’t think I’ll lodge a formal complaint with the weatherman.

  8. posted by
    Dec 26, 2014 Reply

    So glad that you and Jack were able to make it to New York City for a few days. Your photos of the holiday show house are amazing. I loved the intricate details of the table decorations with the pop of red showing up in just the right places!

    • posted by
      Susan J. Smith
      Dec 27, 2014 Reply

      I agree. Wouldn’t it be fun to attend a dinner party there? Gorgeous.

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