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Poll: Which Department Store Has the Best Holiday Windows?

Bloomingdale's. Photo by <a href="http://rebeccadalephotography.com">Rebecca Dale</a>
Bloomingdale's. Photo by Rebecca Dale

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It might not feel like December 23rd, but the holidays are indeed here. To celebrate, we're taking a look back at the city's best department store holiday windows. After the jump, see killer shots from Bergdorf, Barneys, Saks, Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor and Henri Bendel, and then head to the poll to pick your favorite.


Bloomingdale's: Shoppers traveled the world, with scenes from France, Great Britain, Italy, China, and New York City. In Italy, Santa makes a special appearance steering a gondola. See the full photo gallery here. Photos by Rebecca Dale.


Saks Fifth Avenue: The department store's legendary yeti, who lives on the roof and makes snow in the winter, got a starring role in this year's windows. Follow his travels from Siberia to New York City. See the full photo gallery here. Photos by Driely S.


Henri Bendel: Famed illustrator Al Hirschfeld's drawings of Woody Allen, Sarah Jessica Parker, Audrey Hepburn, Carol Channing, and more came to life at a fantastical dinner party. Inside, Charlie Chaplin sits on top of a two-story tree. See the full photo gallery here. Photos by Rebecca Dale.


Lord & Taylor: Vintage New York City is remembered and celebrated in Lord & Taylor's windows, with scenes of dancing couples, mothers and their children, romantic gift exchanges, and several Santas. See the full photo gallery and a special behind-the-scenes video. Photos by Rebecca Dale.


Bergdorf Goodman: The most high-fashion of all the holiday windows this year, Bergdorf depicted an array of holidays—from Valentine's Day to Halloween—on ice. One window was even installed upside-down, for April Fool's Day. See the full photo gallery here. Photos by Driely S.


Barneys New York: The official reveal of the Barneys windows happened on Instagram, which makes sense, since the windows themselves have little to do with the holidays or fashion and more to do with the technology behind them. The include a light show, multidimensional installations, and an interactive sleigh ride that invites shoppers to hop aboard. See the full photo gallery here. Photos by Rebecca Dale.

Poll results

Barneys New York, Madison

660 Madison Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10065 (212) 826-8900 Visit Website

Bergdorf Goodman

754 5th Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10019 (212) 753-7300 Visit Website

Saks Fifth Avenue

611 5th Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10022 (212) 753-4000 Visit Website

Henri Bendel

712 5th Avenue, Manhattan, NY 10019 (212) 247-1100 Visit Website