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Peruse NYC’s holiday window displays from the comfort of home

Take in 18 of the city’s window displays without getting off of your couch

Back in the old days, experiencing the consumerist pleasures of department stores’ holiday window displays—a seasonal tradition!—required braving both the weather and the teeming masses of midtown. (Also, being in New York.)

Now there is the internet. A few years ago, Google Maps introduced virtual tours of the city’s finest holiday windows, from Macy’s to Bloomingdale’s. But progress marches ever forward, and this year, Google Shopping presents a new and thoroughly improved digital holiday window experience (h/t 6sqft).

The tool, which lets you take in 18 window displays from the comfort of your sofa, offers not only interactive hi-res digital images, but also audio commentary from the store’s creative directors, who are responsible for concepts like “Destination Extraordinary” (Bergdorf) and “Land of 1000 Delights” (Saks).

At Lord & Taylor, the theme is “Enchanted Forest”
“Land of 1,000 Delights” at Saks Fifth Avenue
Each window at Bloomingdale’s features a one-of-a-kind chandelier by a different artist, to be auctioned off in support of the Child Mind Institute