Department Store Christmastime Windows in New York — Live Actors, Ice Carvers, 7 Million Crystals

New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Swarovski, and the joy of Christmastime department store window displays.  Setting a new standard for the term "going all out".

New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Swarovski, and the joy of Christmastime department store window displays. Setting a new standard for the term “going all out”.

Yes, New York City has the best Christmas holiday store windows. Accept it, revel in it, enjoy it. The New York Times talks to the designers and makers of these visual investments. Windows with live actors, more than seven million hand-set Swarovski crystals, ice blocks and carvers, Charlie Brown and the gang, designers flown in from Paris, and a truck size hydraulic elevator.

Bergdorf Goodman and Swarovski collaborate on Christmas window displays with more than seven million crystals.

Bergdorf Goodman and Swarovski collaborate on Christmas window displays with more than seven million crystals.

Where Mere Mannequins Fear to Tread window displays slide show with photos by Stefania Curto for The New York Times.

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