Macy’s Christmas Light Show

A Philadelphia tradition since 1956
A source of awe and wonder for children of all ages

The Grand Court Spectacle of Lights and Music
Macy’s Light Show is in full swing and runs from November 29 through December 31!  Macy’s frequently displays a mailbox in the Grand Court for letters to St. Nick, or requests can be given in person at Santaland outside the Dickens’ Christmas Village.
Daily Light Show Showtimes for 2019 were: 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm, 8 pm. Times for 2020 have not been announced but are likely to follow the same pattern. (In the past, on occasion, additional unscheduled shows have been presented when the Store became too congested. Good times for viewing are Monday through Thursday.) The Store is closed on Thanksgiving and on Christmas Day but open on New Year’s Day.


Third Floor Holiday Lane (walk below the Magic Christmas Tree for up escalators. Elevators are on Market Street.) The redemption story of Ebenezer Scrooge runs the day after Thanksgiving through December 31 (Closed Christmas). Open daily: 10am-7pm. Viewers of the classic film Miracle on 34th Street will not be at all surprised that Macy’s has a special relationship with a certain gentleman from the North Pole, and indeed Santa may be visited here through December 24. 

Macy’s Market Street Animated Christmas Windows

Beautiful windows and holiday music grace the bustling Market Street street scene outside the Store. Definitely worth a detour!


Macy’s is located inside The Wanamaker Building at 13th & Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Basic store Information is at 215-241-9000. There is parking underneath the Store with lot entrances on Juniper and 13th Streets. (Note that most weekdays the lot fills early with commuter parking, with more spaces opening in the early afternoon.) 


Shoppers waiting for the next show will want to take in the Dickens Christmas Village on the Third Floor, Market Street, which is also free and is open on a continuous basis from 10 am. The Light Show itself lasts about eleven minutes. Buying Wanamaker Organ items from the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ webstore helps support the Organ as you fulfill your holiday gift list. Just click on the link below!Immediate Direct Shipping!
The Macy’s presentations are the grandest of Philadelphia traditions, and many customers’ Yule celebrations would not be complete without taking in the Delaware Valley spectacle.Macy’s beautiful Market Street Windows, created by the Parade Studio, are also a special attraction. They are usually unveiled the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

At the Dickens Christmas Village (Third Floor Market Street) there is also a concession for photos with Santa (open through Christmas Eve), a studio to design a personalized teddy bear, and a Christmas gift shop (“Holiday Lane”) nearby. There is covered public parking under the Wanamaker Building with elevators leading to Street Level.


THE WANAMAKER ORGAN is used for the finale of the noon Light Show (except Sundays), and at the end of the 6 pm Light Shows (except Wednesday, Friday and Sunday). Recorded Wanamaker Organ versions conclude the show at all other times.

The Wanamaker Organ is played daily (except Sundays) at noon. It is also played on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 5:30 pm, and each Wednesday and Friday at 7pm. Note: this is the regular yearly schedule.  The Wednesday show is stream-cast live over, also accessible from the Tune-In smartphone APP. 
When the Wanamaker Organ is included with the Light Show, it features the Grand Finale (“Deck the Halls”) of the Light Show, then the daily recital continues. Other Light Show endings feature a taped finale by the Wanamaker Organ. All Organ recitals are 45 minutes long. The majestic Wanamaker Organ is the largest playing pipe organ in the world and has more than 28,677 pipes. Through the Friends of the Wanamaker Organ and Macy’s, several million dollars have been invested in its matchless sound during the ongoing restoration.
VIEW THE original Light Show here, and here, and see a vintage TV segment with organ here.
KEEP SCROLLING DOWN for Exciting Light Show History Features and Photos!
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Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve Alert

Christmas Eve Day and New Year’s Eve day Wanamaker Organ concerts are generally cancelled due to potential curtailed store hours. The final daily light show on any given day might also not be held if it falls exactly at closing time.