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The Legend of the Saks Yeti #saksyeti

Each December Manhattan’s biggest department stores reveal their unique holiday window displays. After checking out the holiday window displays at all the biggies from Bloomies to Macy’s, I’m officially declaring my favorite of 2013 is Saks Fifth Avenue! The Legend of the Saks Yeti is told through six animated display windows and a 3D light projection spectacular on the facade of Saks Fifth Avenue.

Saks YetiThe story of the Saks Yeti goes that he was working in a Russian workshop (in Siberia would be my guess!) and his boss was quite the tyrant. You see, the Saks Yeti was an artist; he made only the most beautiful snowflakes. Yeti’s mom encouraged him to find someplace where his unique talent would really be appreciated. Yeti set off, traveling around the world in search of the perfect place to make his beautiful snowflakes.

Saks Yeti Saks Yeti Saks Yeti Saks Yeti Saks YetiHe traveled from the South Pole to Perth, but something was always missing. The rooftop of Saks Fifth Avenue was just right and he now resides there making snowflakes for the entire city. And every 4 minutes nightly from 5 – 10pm, spectators can get a peek into the Saks Yeti’s lab, where the flake maker puts on a fun show!

Before you head over to Saks to see the Saks Yeti, you can even create your very own snowflake online and see it displayed in the interactive storybook window displays! Your snowflake, named with your very own Yeti-fied name (mine is J-Cold D’Angelsnow), continues to fall all holiday shopping season long.

Jennifer Dombrowski

Jennifer Dombrowski is a location independent globe trotter and bases herself in Prata di Pordenone, Italy. She works as a social media and innovation strategist in higher education and is a regular contributor on johnnyjet.com. Her website, jdombstravels.com, is the 2012 Destinology Travel Bloggy Best Newcomer award winner. Google+

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  1. Leyla Giray

    I love this – I’m one of those adults who doesn’t realize childhood has passed and I still get a lot of joy from displays like this. I’m sorry I missed it while I was in New York!

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    Jennifer Reply:

    I love displays like this too! Too bad you didn’t catch the show while you were in the city!

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  2. Mandy

    Oh wow, I love this legend! What a gorgeous story and a super cute yeti too!

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    Jennifer Reply:

    It’s one of the really fun window displays in the city. I couldn’t resist popping into Saks to pick up a Yeti ornament.

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  3. Heather

    So adorable! I used to love going around NYC to see all the window displays. Such a special part of the holiday tradition!

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    Jennifer Reply:

    Me too! I loved how so many of the window displays were interactive this year!

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  4. Marlene

    Loved the window display. Such a cute story

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    Jennifer Reply:

    Too bad the plush Yeti ornament was sold out. I would have loved to have one for my tree!

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  5. Katherine Belarmino

    That’s one of the best set of window displays I’ve seen! New York’s Christmas window displays are always so good.

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    Jennifer Reply:

    They really are! At first I wondered why the usual snowflakes that adorn the exterior of Saks were missing this year. But I LOVE the Yeti! I popped into Saks to get a Yeti ornament for my own tree. :)

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  6. Sofie

    That is sooooooo cool!
    I’d love to visit the States during Christmas season some time.
    I think it’s way more cheesy over there then over here in rational Belgium:D

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    Jennifer Reply:

    Italy certainly doesn’t do anything like this either and I miss it so much. My visit to NYC during the holidays this year, albeit a short visit, was just what I needed. I love the cheesy and all the lights and decorations!

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  7. Abby

    Awwwwww so cute!! I am a loyal fan of Saks, too. This post makes me miss living in NYC during the holidays!

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    Jennifer Reply:

    I can totally understand why you would miss living in NYC, Abby! I’ve always wanted to live there, even for just a year. The city is so electric. I just love it!

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