Holiday Happenings at Macy's on State Street in Chicago
With its delightful animated window displays, festive store décor, magical Santaland and broad range of merchandise, Macy’s on State Street is a must-experience destination during the holiday season—one that’s become synonymous with joyful family traditions. From early November through early January each year, visitors of all ages come from near and far to shop, partake in the store’s holiday happenings, sample delicious holiday dishes and enjoy a hefty dose of holiday spirit.
By observing the Great Tree and animated holiday windows, dining in the Walnut Room restaurant, purchasing a holiday shopping package, taking a special store tour and shopping the Holiday Lane, Individuals and families can immerse themselves in a heartening and memorable holiday experience.
The Great Tree Lighting
At the 108th annual Great Tree Lighting ceremony on Sat., Nov. 7, 2015 at 12:00 pm, store visitors will witness the illumination of a 45-foot-tall tree featuring more than 2,000 ornaments and 6,600 sparkling lights in the center of the elegant Walnut Room on the 7th floor. Following the flip of the switch, multi-platinum recording artist, Jordin Sparks, will perform live and guests will have the opportunity to meet her immediately after in the Archives area. This yearly holiday spectacle promises an abundance of magical moments.
The Walnut Room, Holiday Menus and the Great Tree
Dining in The Walnut Room is a Christmas mainstay. First known as the South Tea Room, it opened in 1907 and guests have made it a centerpiece of their holiday itineraries ever since. On Nov. 7, the restaurant’s majestic holiday centerpiece—the towering Great Tree—will assume its full mantle of lights and guests will have the option to sample the special holiday menu with it in heartwarming view. The Holiday menu officially begins on Tuesday Nov. 4 and is offered until the last day of the Great Tree on Sunday Jan. 10. Thanksgiving Dinner will be served on Thursday, Nov. 26, from 6-9 pm and a breakfast buffet will be served throughout the holiday season. The Walnut Room does not take reservations during the busy holiday season, but check out their website for additional details to plan your visit.
In 1870, Macy’s created beautiful Christmas window displays in its New York outpost. It was the first department store ever to shape elaborate windows for the sheer fun and enjoyment of onlookers and, in doing so, launched an annual tradition that was adopted by retail stores around the country.
Each year, Macy’s stores select a fresh theme for their animated holiday windows. This year’s theme titled "Santa's Journey to the Stars," traces the adventures of Alex, a young boy who receives a magical and mystical telescope that enables him to experience the wonder of Christmas on other planets before landing back on Earth at the iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Accompanied by his dog Bella and escorted through the galaxy by none other than the one-and-only Santa Claus, Alex's otherworldly voyage will amaze and enchant children of all ages as they too embark on their very own out-of-this-world adventure. The animated windows will be unveiled on Saturday Nov.7 through Sunday Jan. 10.
Santaland at Macy’s
Some still call Santa’s home away from home “The Cozy Cloud Cottage” because that’s what it was called back in the Marshall Field days. Kids and adults have been visiting this festive in-store wonderland to share their holiday wishes and get their picture taken with the jolly fellow since 1948 and, over the years, literally millions of children have stopped by Santaland. Come meet Santa Claus on the 5th floor of the store from Nov. 7-Dec. 24, 2015 (closed on Nov. 26). Visit www.macys.com/events for more information and special Santaland hours.
Deck Your Halls with Macy’s Holiday Lane Merchandise
Whether you’re looking to trim your tree, entertain family and friends or tick off items on your gift-giving list, you’ll find the perfect items at Macy’s on State Street Holiday Lane located on the 6 floor—everything from shimmering ornaments, tableware, drinkware, linens and wreaths to gourmet products like chocolates, cookies and nuts. Head here to add a festive atmosphere to your home and gather special presents.
Holiday Shopping Package
The Macy’s Chicago Holiday Shopping Package makes for a perfect holiday gift—for yourself and others. For $35, you get a special Holiday tote bag containing a $25 gift card, Frango Mint chocolate sampler, a voucher for a free Macy’s holiday ornament with a $75 purchase, and the VIP Passport savings booklet with a 10% Visitor Saving Pass and offers for in-store restaurants and merchandise, as well as offers from local tour and attractions. Stop by the Visitor Information Center on the lower level to purchase your package.
Holiday Traditions Tour
The Holiday Traditions Tour is a perfect way to celebrate the holidays while learning all about the rich history of Macy’s holiday traditions. On this hour-long tour, you’ll hear about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the animated store window displays and the Great Tree in the Walnut Room. The tour costs $12 per person and each guest will receive a 10% Macy’s Visitor Savings Pass. Public tours take place at 11:30 am on Fridays in November and December. An advance reservation is required for groups of 10 or more.
This holiday season, make sure to take advantage of all the great shopping opportunities and holiday activities and sights at Macy’s on State Street.