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FREE Christmas Cheer: Holiday Store Windows

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If you’re still in NYC this week and you’re not feeling Christmasy, follow Anna’s awesome tips on how to spend your free time. If you are feeling Christmas-y and you want some visual Christmas cheer, ’tis the season to stare at the windows of stores you can’t afford. Fifth Avenue is consumerism central, but it doesn’t cost anything to stare at the windows.

All the fancy department stores have their windows decorated for Christmas, and they’re, for a lack of a better word, magical. You will have to fight tourists to get views, but it’s totally worth it. I don’t want to spoil the surprise of each one, but I will say there are towns made out of books, paper hedgehogs, giant bows made of red lights, chameleon saws, metal cars, animatronic disco dollhouses, shiny jewels, Christmas trees, and every possible thing you never realized you want to stare at.

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Holiday Window Displays
Berdorff Goodman
754 5th Avenue at 58th Street

Tiffany Company
5th Avenue at 57th Street

Lord & Taylor
524 Fifth Avenue at 38th Street
Lord & Taylor

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Kiley E - Ragamuffin Researcher

Kiley E - Ragamuffin Researcher

After years of denial, Kiley has finally admitted to baring a striking resemblance to Velma from Scooby Doo. Instead of traveling in a van hunting ghosts, she prefers wandering on foot in search of tacos, cheap beer, and fake birds. Growing up in Portland, Kiley enjoyed the balance of urban and green spaces. Then she spent her four years at Ithaca College, and found herself craving more sprawling asphalt in her life. So she moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where most of the buildings look like they're about to collapse. Kiley's favorite activities include: getting lost, crafting, sewing, biking, and geeking out at museums. Her love of taxidermy probably makes her a terrible vegetarian, but she doesn't care.