Friday, December 19, 2014 at 12:01 AM
So much of the fun of holiday shopping is seeing the lavish, seasonal displays in the windows of shops and department stores as you pass by. Starting today, with Google Maps Business View, you can see decked out displays in New York and London—without braving the cold weather, lugging bags around or fighting for sidewalk space with fellow shoppers. Now grab your virtual reindeer because we’re off to our holiday window tour!
Stopping by Saks Fifth Avenue is a must for any holiday window shopper. Gazing at the dreamy Once Upon a Time in NYC, you can imagine being Cinderella in a magical carriage. Note: Prince Charming and glass slipper sold separately.
Cruising by Macy’s in Herald Square, a Miracle on 34th Street awaits. Peering through the glass, you can see Santa and his elves hard at work. After all, we’re only a week away from their big night!
Rounding out our NYC tour, Bloomingdale’s is getting the New Year’s Eve party started early. There’s no place to ring in 2015 like in the bright lights of the big city.
Holiday shopping in London may be blustery and cold, but the lovely, inviting window displays are sure to warm the heart. Stopping first at Selfridges, you can go on a themed journey from fairytale to fable, all finished with rhymes...even their windows have labels!
Looking into the gilded window displays at Liberty London, you might believe that all that glitters is gold after all. Look closer to see the plethora of presents tempting you inside to the promises of holiday joy behind the glass.
And finally, if you’re doing some last minute shopping, you can prepare for a trip by taking a look inside the stores in Google Maps. Business View, provides virtual tours of thousands of retail shops around the world, whether you’re headed to Old Navy in San Francisco or Benetton in Russia. Just look for the “See Inside” marker on Maps, Search and Google+, which lets you virtually explore your holiday shopping destination.
Walking in a winter wonderland has never been so easy (and warm!).