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Macy’s Santaland

Dec 05th 2013

Ho, ho, ho - Santa Claus is in the city!

Looking for the ultimate place to have your picture taken with jolly old Saint Nick? Look no further than Macy’s, just around the corner from New York’s Hotel Pennsylvania. Taking up 12,000 square feet of the 8th floor in the flagship store, this Christmas extravaganza transports you from a department store into a winter wonderland.

The twinkling lights, oversized lollypops, talking trees, skiing penguins, model train sets and more are truly a must-see-to-believe experience. Santa’s helpful elves will guide your through the Enchanted Forest, past the Holiday Show Wagon, around the Rock Candy Mining Site, over the Rainbow Bridge to the Sweetery, and into Tasty Town. Then follow the path into Santa’s home to tell him your biggest Christmas wish. At the end of your visit Santa will give each child a gift.

After visiting Mr. and Mrs. Claus you will have the option to purchase photos of your child on Santa’s knee. Visiting Santaland is free, but photos will cost extra.

Do be aware that because of its iconic status and popularity the lines tend to be very long, so you’ll want to arrive early.  The line up will depend on the time of day you arrive and the day of the week – weekdays are generally less busy and the earlier the better. Santaland opens after Santa’s arrival at the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade on Friday, November 29th and will remain open until Christmas Eve.

While our favorite place in the city to see Santa is of course Macy’s there are other great places to get your holiday photos in the city. Santa can be found at many holiday events happening around town; you just have to keep an eye out! For more information, visit