How much planning does it take to make an eye catching holiday display window? I’m not really sure, but why not learn from 150 years of the best?
When the holiday shopping season kicks off, retailers want to give people a reason to visit their department stores or retail shopping centers. A memorable holiday display or storefront is an excellent way to do just that, as these renowned retailers know. What started decades ago has now become an annual tradition for both the retailers and their customers, and many a holiday decorating service has been inspired by these locations. Here are some iconic Christmas displays that have been drawing visitors in for years:
A Bit of History of US Christmas Decorating
Macy’s in New York City was one of the very first retailers to install a special Christmas display, way back in 1874. The very first display depicted scenes from “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, the now classic book by Harriet Beecher Stowe, with porcelain dolls. This Macy’s location was also the very first store to have a Santa on-site for children to visit with. To this day, shoppers make it a point by stop by the Macy’s window displays to catch a little bit of that holiday magic.
The Macy’s Christmas Light Show has been an annual tradition for families since 1956. Set in front of the historic Wanamaker Organ inside of the department store, more than 100,000 LED lights create colorful scenes with ballerinas, toy soldiers, reindeer, and more. After watching the show, shoppers can move on to Dickens’ Village, a walk-through attraction depicting scenes from A Christmas Carol. A visit with Santa Claus is a must for children of all ages. You can spend an entire afternoon shopping and getting into the holiday spirit at Macy’s in Philadelphia.
Marshall Field’s Chicago (Now Macy’s)
Department store Marshall Field’s was one of Chicago’s favorites until 2005, with stunning displays of Christmas toys that stretched the length of the store down Main Street. They introduced a character in 1946 named “Uncle Mistletoe”, who became so popular that he even had his own cartoon on television. Today, the store is now a Macy’s, but the tradition of an attractive holiday display continues to bring in holiday shoppers.
The Tree at Rockefeller Center
While not a department store, Rockefeller Center is a must-see location for shoppers and visitors in New York City, especially during the holiday season. It features what is arguably the world’s most famous holiday tree. The tree lighting ceremony is an annual tradition that typically occurs in the beginning of December. If you’re taking in the sights and sounds of the city, you will definitely want to stop by and see the beautiful, large tree all lit up for the holidays, and maybe even take a spin around the iconic ice skating rink, too.
Shops along Fifth Avenue
In a city that is full of holiday spirit, it’s no surprise that Fifth Avenue between 39th and 60th has become a destination in itself. The upscale retailers along Fifth Avenue in New York City are all beautifully decorated during the holiday season. With colorful and classy displays of lights and decorations in the windows of stores like Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Lord & Taylor, shoppers are sure to be put in a festive mood.
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