NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As the young and young-at-heart enter Santaland on the eighth floor of Macy’s Herald Square, the World’s Largest Store, they are suddenly transported into a fantasy world of glittering pine trees, snow-capped mountains, twinkling lights, cuddly animals and gingerbread cookies.
Each Christmas, visitors from around the world gather at this 13,000-square-foot Christmas Village overflowing with holiday treasures for a special visit with the one and only Santa Claus. The magical journey begins all aboard the Macy’s Santaland Express, which sweeps guests through a rarely seen world of wintertime wonder and enchantment. On board this magical train façade, visitors pass through North Pole villages and snow-covered fields on their way to meet Mr. Kringle.
After the bumpy train ride, visitors descend into an enchanted winter wonderland – also known as … the North Pole! Santa’s elves eagerly greet passengers while lights, garlands, and crystal sparkle overhead and adorn every corner. At The Welcome Station, eager spectators will find Santa’s little helpers very informative about Santaland, and can determine the length of the much-anticipated wait to see the Man in Red.
The first attraction guests will notice is the Domino® Sugar Bake Shoppe where freshly-baked gingerbread cookies and decadent mini cupcakes are set out to cool. Giant gingerbread men keep a watchful eye over the baked goods to shoo away sneaky snackers.
Close by, the Aflac Ducks are putting on their skates and preparing to hit the ice rink. At the same time, reindeer Gus and Dave can be overheard reciting their comedy routine for the Build-A-Bear Workshop® Macy’s Woodland Revue.
Children of all ages will be delighted and amused as they continue on to Santaland’s very own Bobby Blizzard and The Below-Zeroes (the official North Pole Choir Conductor).
Around the bend, igloos and ice sculptures make way for Christmas trees, holly and colorful poinsettias, as visitors discover they have entered The Enchanted Forest.
The Enchanted Forest leads the way to the Rainbow Bridge, a colorful sight for all to see. Train whistles ahead announce the impressive Lionel Trains® Industrial City. Six complete sets of authentic trains and tracks surrounding a six-foot tall Christmas tree, are also on their way to visit Santa Claus to deliver last minute holiday wish lists. The massive display includes a series of steam engines, tankers and locomotives.
As guests make their way through Town Hall and peek around the corner, they can catch a glimpse into a cozy stable, where Santa’s sleigh is being prepped and his reindeer are resting before their magical Christmas Eve journey.
Continuing on, they arrive at the toyshop where all the trinkets and gadgets delivered on Christmas Eve are imagined, constructed, and loaded onto Santa’s sleigh, which is stacked high with glittering presents. This shiny red sleigh is a reminder to all who pass that Santa Claus is coming to town.
Finally, beaming elves personally escort awe-struck children through a gigantic archway leading into a thick maze of pine trees. Once through, they have arrived in the one-and-only Santa Claus’s home, where the jolly old man is ready to scoop his visitors onto his lap and ask them what they would like for Christmas. They’ll be certain it’s him once they hear his infectious Ho Ho Ho and signature Merry Christmas!
Their visit will end as each child receives a little keepsake from Santa to commemorate their visit. Santa greets children of all ages, both naughty and nice, at Macy’s Herald Square daily from Friday, Nov. 28 through Christmas Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 24.
An express pass is available for guests who want to save time and make a reservation to see Santa. For reservations, visit macys.com/santaland beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 7:15 a.m. Reservation can only be made 30 minutes to 48 hours prior to meeting Santa. One appointment per customer. For further information about Macy’s Santaland please visit macys.com/believe or contact Macy’s Holiday Hotline at (212) 494-4495.