Take a Virtual Tour of New York’s Holiday Window Displays

Dec 7, 2016

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Have you always wanted to experience the magic of New York City during the holiday season? Strolling down Fifth Avenue, peering into the famed holiday window displays — it’s an experience like no other. If you’ve yet to get to New York in time for the holiday window displays or if you just want to avoid the cold weather, there’s now a way to view the displays from the warmth of your home on your phone or computer.

Google has teamed up with 18 retailers that house some of the most extravagant lighting displays lining Fifth Avenue, Madison Avenue and more. With the new technology from Google, you can “walk” down the street and peek at every single detail of each of the displays for free. Retailers that are part of the experience include Saks Fifth Avenue, Tory Burch, Macy’s, Lord & Taylor and more.

To see the displays, go to the Window Wonderland page and click to start your “tour.” As an added bonus, if you have a virtual reality headset, you can really immerse yourself in the experience with 360º views and the sights and sounds you’ll get on an NYC street. Feel free to zoom in to catch every little detail on the displays. You can also click on the option to listen to audio guides from each of the stores’ creative directors as they describe what goes into putting on successful displays.

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In addition to being able to experience all that the windows have to offer and transporting you to another world, you’ll also be able to get some shopping done. If you’re so inclined to enter your favorite store’s door, you’ll be able to shop directly from the “tour” and order the perfect gift. Overall, this new feature from Google and the 18 participating retailers is a neat way to make one of the wonders of the holiday season easily available to everyone.

Featured image courtesy of Jenny Anderson via Getty Images.

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