Here’s some actually good news: holiday season is here! Thankfully, New York’s retail giants are on queue to light up (and cheer up) the city’s streets with a glittering lineup of holiday window displays. This year Henri Bendel has 30,000 paper butterflies and an Instagram wall, while the windows at Macy’s feature one-of-a-kind cityscapes with animated snow-filled skies. Bergdorf Goodman re-created wintry scenes from seven cultural institutions as a love letter to New York, including the American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the New York Botanical Garden. And Saks Fifth Avenue unveiled a Disney-themed display with the help of Snow White, Naomi Watts, and Neil Patrick Harris.
The Cut caught up with creative directors and window designers to learn more about the displays. Click ahead to visit Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Cartier, Bulgari, Gucci, Macy’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, Lord & Taylor, Henri Bendel, Hermès, and Tiffany & Co.
*This slideshow has been updated with the latest window displays.