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Holiday Events at Macy's in Philadelphia and Atlanta

November 22, 2016 | Events
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Macy’s has a long history of staging events and environments that help people make the most of special holidays. Starting in late November, when you walk into a Macy’s store in Philadelphia and Atlanta, you’ll not only encounter beautiful decorations and a host of smart merchandise for gift-giving, but also have the opportunity to watch and take part in heartwarming events designed to boost seasonal cheer and fun for the whole family. From spectacular light shows, illuminated trees and animated window displays to visits with Santa and train rides, these stores help you shape cherished holiday memories with traditions you can look forward to year after year.

Christmas Happenings at Macy’s Center City

Macy’s at Center City, housed in the grand Wanamaker Building, an historic landmark in downtown Philadelphia, showcases a light show, holiday windows and a village where kids can step into a vivid holiday storyland and also see Santa.

Center City Light Show

The Macy's Center City Light Show

A Philadelphia tradition since 1956, the Macy’s Center City lightshow, held in the four-story-tall Grand Court, tells the stories of the “Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Frosty the Snowman” and the 40-foot “Magic Christmas Tree.” The featured tree is decorated with 34, 500 LED lights in six colors and the light show incorporates over 100,000 LED lights that combine to shape holiday images. Taped and live Christmas music played on the majestic Wanamaker Organ accompanies the light display. 

Showtimes: Fri., 11/25-Sat., 12/31, only at: 10 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, 4pm, 6 pm and 8 pm. Closed Christmas Day. 

Holiday Windows & Unveiling

In 1862, Macy’s was the first department store to install elaborate holiday window displays, and several stores have continued engaging the public with vivid storytelling scenes. Macy’s Center City, held its 10th annual holiday window unveiling outside on Market Street on Sat., Nov. 21. This year, the theme is "Reasons to Believe." Not only is this a celebration of the spirit of the holiday season, but it's also a salute to nine years of the Macy's "Believe" campaign—a cherished letter writing campaign which raises funds for Make-A-Wish®, the national organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. The four windows facing Market Street will illustrate the many spirits of Christmas as seen from a child's perspective including everything from believing and giving, to celebrating and magic. 


Dickens Village

Dickens Village in Macy's Center City

A visit to Macy’s 3rd floor and Dickens Village with transport you back in time to Victorian England where “A Christmas Carol,” Charles Dickens’ classic tale about the transformation of miserly Ebenezer Scrooge into a kinder man unfolds in three dimensions. 26 animatronic scenes bring the story to life from Fri., Nov. 25 through Sat., Dec. 31. After touring the village be sure to visit Santa in Santaland and have your photo taken with him—but he’ll only be available through Dec. 24.


Celebrate the Holidays at Macy’s Lenox Square Mall

Macy’s Great Tree Lighting

Generations of Atlantans look forward to the Macy’s Great Tree Lighting at Macy Lenox Square Mall. This is the 69th year of the event, which took place on Sun., Nov. 20. Grammy Award-winning singer Michelle Williams, Aloe Blacc and country music artist Craig Campbell headlined this year’s celebration.

See the great tree through Jan. 1, 2017.

Pink Pig

The Pink Pig train ride became a top Atlanta Christmas attraction in 1953 when “Priscilla the Pig” was installed on a monorail in the toy department of Rich’s downtown store. A second pig, Percival, was added in 1964. The ride moved to the Festival of Trees held to benefit Egleston Children’s Hospital in 1991, but four years later was discontinued and donated to the Atlanta History Center. In 2003, Macy’s updated the ride and moved it to a tent at the top of the parking garage at the Lenox Square Mall store where it continues to charm kids and adults during the holiday season. The ride slowly coasts along a track through the Priscilla storybook setting.

The Macy's Pink Pig holiday train ride at Macy's Lenox Square Mall

Join the individuals and families who have made a ride on the Pink Pig an Atlanta Christmas tradition for over five generations.

The ride is open from Oct. 31, 2016 through Jan. 3, 2017. 



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