Macy’s Christmas Light Show

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

 
 
The Grand Court Holiday Spectacle of Lights and Music
     2020 Edition
Many Traditional Features Remain in Philadelphia as Macys Remakes its Traditional Department Store Attractions into Virtual Experiences, Thereby Building up its E-Commerce Platform Customer Base as It Keeps Shoppers Safe.

The Philadelphia Store is decorated for Christmas and features actual Wanamaker Organ concerts. The Magic Christmas Tree is aglow with its usual sequence of lights. Market Street windows will also make a welcome return. 

The text below is from the Macy’s Press Release. Scroll down to highlighted information pertaining to attractions at the Philadelphia flagship.

New York, NY – October 26, 2020 – Since 1861, generations of children have enjoyed the magic of a visit with the one-and-only Santa Claus at Macy’s. That cherished holiday tradition will continue this year in a new way through Macy’s Santaland® at Home. Beginning Friday, November 27 through Thursday, December 24, for the first time ever, the magic of Macy’s Santaland will be transformed into an interactive, virtual experience. To safely bring the wonder of this cherished holiday tradition to families nationwide, Macy’s Santaland’s in-store experience will be available through an immersive and whimsical digital-only engagement available at macys.com/Santaland. 

“At Macy’s, the safety of our customers and colleagues is paramount,” said Susan Tercero, Macy’s vice president of branded entertainment. “To replicate the magical experience of visiting Macy’s Santaland for children and their families, we will shift to a virtual engagement this year. For many, visiting Santa at Macy’s has become a long-standing highlight of the holiday season. Macy’s is delighted to have found a way to ensure even more families can enjoy this treasured experience safely during this festive time of the year.”

Available at macys.com/Santaland, before the digital journey begins an adult must provide the appropriate permissions to activate the program including approving access to the hardware for the interactive elements and selecting the preferred diversity experience. Up to three children can take part in the customized experience at one time. A special greeting from Santaland elves at the North Pole-bound train station kicks off the interaction. From there, the Elves will lead the way through Santa’s Village and Workshop, stopping to see the sights and play interactive games. At the finale of the journey, kids will meet Santa through a whimsical interactive video where they will be able to share their holiday wish list followed by snapping a selfie with Santa. Families will be able to download their Santa selfie immediately following the picture opportunity. The magic of Macy’s Santaland at Home will safely bring the joy of the season to visitors nationwide from the comfort of home.  

In addition to Macy’s Santaland at Home, two additional beloved holiday experiences will be made available to the public for the first time virtually. The Macy’s Santaland website will also highlight interpretations of familiar holiday favorites from Macy’s Center City in Philadelphia including Dickens’ Village and the Christmas Light Show. Dickens’ Village will take guests through select animated displays telling the story of the Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol.  A special version of the spectacular Macy’s Christmas Light Show will also shine bright online as it takes viewers on a light filled festive journey through popular Christmas stories including The Nutcracker and Frosty the Snowman. The annual light display will feature the sounds of the world-famous Wanamaker Organ.

 
Below strictly for reference and reminiscing is information applying to Macy’s happenings of Christmas Seasons Past. Except for travel and parking information, do not use the details below for trip planning this year!
 
INFORMATION FROM PAST SEASONS – NOT THIS SEASON – BELOW
 

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.) 

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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 YesterdayUSA.com, 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.