Take a trip to the North Pole at Macy’s yearly “Santaland” in Herald Square, where kids and adults can take those classic photos with Santa Claus. After all, there’s really no age limit for celebrating Christmas!
Macy’s Santaland experience is an immersive 13,000-square-foot display of all things Christmas and is an annual tradition at the Macy’s flagship store. Doors to the North Pole, and all those Christmas deals, are officially open.
Each year, the eighth floor of Macy’s Herald Square location is transformed into a winter wonderland where you’ll find reindeer, elves, trees and a bunch of photo ops for you and the whole family.
And since Santa’s such a busy guy, it’s best to make a reservation. Though Santaland occurs in many major cities, the New York location is only spot where you can make a reservation ahead of time (and it’s actually technically required). Starting at 6am online, you can choose a slot from 30 minutes to five days in advance. Sign up on their website. Just to be clear, the reservation is the time you will enter the line, not necessarily when you will meet Santa.
Admission to Macy’s Santaland is free to the public but keepsake photos are available for purchase. If you don’t want to purchase your official photo with Santa, be sure to bring a camera or smart phone to snap some pics along the journey (although it is encouraged to buy your photo at the end of the experience no one will force you to do so).
The 8th floor is also home to a new toy shop, so let kiddos add to their gift lists (or pick out an early treat if they’re well-behaved)!
Address: Herald Square, 151 West 34th Street, 8th Floor, across from Au Bon Pain
Dates: November 29 – December 24, times vary
Featured image: Instagram / @kjsimoni
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