The holiday windows are back, and we dropped by last week to see what department store has the best display this year. With Barneys going Gaga for the holiday season, and Bergdorf Goodman getting wild with a “Carnival of the Animals” theme—those two were tops in our book. Meanwhile, over at Bloomingdale's, a penguin in shades was the high point—try harder next year, Bloomie's.

A little bit of history: R.H. Macy was the first to develop the holiday window display, right here in New York City in the 1870s. Supposedly "families used to bundle up and gather around the windows to gaze at the magical holiday scenes that displayed Macy's merchandise." And today they continue to lure shoppers... according to this new study!

Here's a walking tour map if you want to check any of these out for yourself.