Every year around the holidays my friends and I pick a day to wake up at 8 a.m., don festive headwear, and take to the streets. No, not for the STD-ridden nightmare known as Santacon. Instead of hooker boots and a skin tight piece of spandex masquerading as a dress, our holiday gear is accompanied by Nikes and skintight piece of spandex masquerading as a shirt because winter running.
Although we lost a few members of our crew this year to lands of warmer weather and accents, we gladly welcomed some new friends who were game to run through hoards of tourists while wearing reindeer antlers.
Our 4-mile run made stops at all of the major sites including Barney's, Bergdorf's, Macy's and Saks. Here's a handy map of our tour which began at Macy's, went through Central Park and ended at the UWS chicken and waffles headquarters, Jacob's Pickles:
My favorite windows are usually Barney's and Bergdorf's. Neither disappointed this year. Barney's partnered with Baz Luhrmann to create mesmerizing kinetic sculptures and a live iceskating performance (which we unfortunately missed). Bergdorf's ornate celebration of the arts was a color-coordinated wonderland. Saks had some clever fairytale-themed displays and Macy's kept up their tradition of terrifying me with animatronic figures.
Bottom line, if you're into over-the-top, sparkly displays of holiday cheer, then I highly recommend you get your ass to New York City and check out the window displays. (Pro tip: Make sure you go before 9 a.m., otherwise it'll be too crowded to see anything or to run through the streets with ease.) If you can't make it to NYC, check out this photographic tour!
P.S. If you plan to don the antlers, be prepared for no less than 10 strangers asking where Rudolph is.