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No matter the number of gridlock alert days, New Yorkers and tourists alike will forever be bedazzled by the sheer creativity of the holiday season.

The lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is an annual tradition dating back 83 years that instantly kicks off the holiday festivities for the entire city. Surrounded by the beautiful Herald Angels and many ice skaters below it, this may be the most special Christmas tree in the world.

Breathtaking store window installations by the likes of Saks Fifth Avenue, Barneys New York, Tiffany & Co. and the legendary Bergforf Goodman to name a few, provide both visual and musical entertainment with countless Instagram posts. Madison and Fifth Avenues have become a time-honored tradition of miles of opulent eye candy with each year seemingly more ambitious than the previous.

In fact, two of Barneys’ ‘Chillin’ Out’ windows have been transformed to be actual walk-in freezers for ice-carvers chipping away at a variety of themed ice sculptures while Tiffany’s has themed it’s windows on the 19th Century including dressing the exterior of the building in a glamorous light show ‘jewel’ based on the Tiffany diamond’s exhibit at the 1939 World’s Fair.

Possibly the most fabulous windows of all, are those of Bergdorf’s who has partnered this year with Swarovski to create truly sparkling vignettes using seven million Swarovski crystals (and thousands of token pearls) titled ‘Brilliant Holiday’.

Also enjoy the reflections in some of the windows in the photos. You’ll see St. Patrick’s Cathedral and The Plaza Hotel. A walk up or down Fifth Avenue in December, especially at night when the crowds have dispersed, is promised to bring holiday cheer. After all, ‘it’s the most wonderful time of the year’!

Wishing you a happy, peaceful and beautiful holiday with much joy in the New Year!

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