Well, if you were looking to recreate the movie Miracle on 34th Street this year, you’re out of luck.

For the first time in 160 years, Macy’s says they won’t have a Santa Claus on site. Thanks a lot, coronavirus.

Despite this unprecedented news about Kris Kringle, the department store hasn’t given up on holiday festivities entirely.

Here’s what you need to know:


Macy’s Santaland is online instead of in person this year.

Kids are invited to visit macys.com/Santaland between Black Friday (Nov. 27) and Thursday, Dec. 24 for a free online experience where kids will go on a virtual train ride through the North Pole, playing interactive games before a visit with Santa Claus.

Before Nov. 27, the Santaland site gives viewers a visual history of Santa at Macy’s.

Note: Macy’s requires parents to give necessary permissions before up to 3 kids at a time can participate in the virtual Santaland.


Kids meet Santa via interactive video.

The highlight of the online Santaland experience is the visit with Santa, which Macy’s describes as an interactive video.

During the visit, kids will be able to share their holiday wish lists and then snap a selfie with Santa — which families can download immediately (for free).



Look out for live storytime with Santa on Macy’s social media.

Macy’s says Santa will be doing a bunch of appearances throughout Macy’s social media accounts (all of them are @Macys), including some live storytime sessions.

Check out Santa’s online calendar of activities at macys.com/Santaland.


Santa will appear at this year’s (shortened) Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

To reduce the potential for crowds, Macy’s has shortened their annual Thanksgiving Day Parade to just the last section on 34th Street.

There will still be giant balloon floats, a televised show, and the appearance of Santa.

Learn more about the changes to this year’s parade, and watch it on NBC from 9 AM – noon.


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