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New York City Dresses up for the Holidays


I love the holiday decorations in New York City.

They make me laugh. They make me smile.  They make me happy.

Ok, I admit it.  I’m truly a sucker for holiday decor.  Schmaltzy, cutesy, clever, sophisticated, red and green or odd ball mixes.  I’m always amazed when I see “decor” created from found objects like these  Jerry Cans in Chelsea Market.

 Not sure why I am so entranced with the festive lights and hoop-de-doo..  Is it the creativity?  The promise of a special time with family and friends.  The end of a year and beginning of new.  Time to reflect, refresh and enjoy.

Maybe because I don’t do that much decorating at home any more, operating under the philosophy that “less is more.”   A few Paperwhites. Some wonderful reindeer that a dear and special friend gave me.  I’m into “keeping it simple.”

It’s not “simple” in New York.   It always amazes me to see how New York jazzes up for the holidays….and tourists like me….

Here’s collection of holiday scenes that attracted my attention  in the Big Apple this year.  Wishing you all a peaceful and happy season.

Seen in a hip Japanese clothing store in SoHO.

Tiffany’s went over the top this year.   Tourist posing for photo.

Meandering the top floor of Bergdorf’s on Fifth Avenue is always a visual treat.

Some of the best tabletop ideas come from NYC


New York at night from a Bicycle Rickshaw.  Such fun.

Beautiful Jewelry display in the window of a store on West Broadway in Soho.

French Macarons on the Upper East Side.  Luscious.

Gotta go to Chelsea Market to see this.

ABC Carpet and Home was thinking “pink” this year.

Spotted on the High Line. Do you think they know it is December? Someone needs to tell them.

I always go to see Rockefeller Center.   The tree is spectacular.

And look at this wall of  lips… a window in the Meatpacking District in the  Diane Von Furstenberg shop.

If you’d like to look back at Holiday Decor in New York on other trips click on these links.   Fleace Navidad. or a Foodie Christmas.  Barney’s windows.

Or take a look at the Sights and Scenes of the Holidays.   There are a few more in Scenes from a day in New York.   Enjoy!

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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
    Dec 23, 2011 Reply

    These photos made me smile…I especially like the one with the French macaroons 🙂

  2. posted by
    Amanda Hungerford
    Jan 7, 2012 Reply

    I liked the one on the High Line….well actually I just liked the comment “someone needs to tell them”  made me laugh!

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