Macys flagship store in New York City is a great place to take your kids to see Santa. It's also a very popular choice, because of its iconic status, so be prepared to wait if you come to see Santa at a popular time.
What To Expect When We See Santa At Macys
Once you've made your way through the line, you'll enter Santaland. The visit begins as you ring the bell on the "train" that will take you to the North Pole. As you walk through the train, you will feel rumbling from the "tracks" below. The animated displays, trains, dancing bears, and snow globes are all fun to see and make you forget that you had to wait a long time to see Santa. The elves will do their best to keep you moving along, but you can definitely take pictures of the displays and yourself in Santaland. You might even want to take a picture of your kids with Mrs. Claus.
Getting Your Picture Taken With Santa at Macys
There was never any pressure to purchase a picture with Santa, though I can't imagine waiting in line for over and hour and not having a souvenir. You can choose from a variety of prints, Christmas ornaments or get your photo on a CD. Most options start at $27.99, and you can add on to your package as you desire.
We chose to purchase the interactive CD($27.99), which included both pictures on it, as well as some other photos of Santaland and videos. We were disappointed to discover that the resolution of the images on the disc was only good enough for a 5'x7' print (at 300 dpi) and that both of the pictures had a date stamp at the bottom, even though we had asked if they were printable quality. (We were able to crop out the date stamp for printing.)
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Directions To See Santa at Macys
You can enter Macy's on 34th Street at either Broadway or 7th Avenue, though the 7th Avenue entrance tends to be less chaotic.
Many subways offer convenient service to Macy's Herald Square:
- A, C, E to 34th Street/Penn Station: Walk one block east on 34th Street to 7th Avenue
- 1, 2, 3 to 34th Street: Exit on 7th Avenue and 34th Street
- B, D, F, V and N, Q, R, W to 34th Street/Herald Square: Exit on Broadway for Macy's main entrance
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