Celebrate the Holidays at a Philly Tradition

No matter your background or beliefs, most of us honor the holiday season with some type of tradition: whether it’s baking cookies, visiting family or enjoying some much-needed time off from work with a night out in the city, holiday traditions are part of what gives the season so much magic. And here in Philly, nothing says the holidays like the annual festivities at Macy’s.

The department store, a half-mile from your 1500 Locust apartment, boasts the city’s longest-running holiday-light display. Since 1956, Macy’s has lit up its Grand Court with thousands of twinkling lights in a coordinated, choreographed show. Holiday characters like Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman make annual appearances, along with classic holiday music, piped from the Wanamaker Organ. The instrument, featuring more than 28,000 pipes, is the largest pipe organ in the world and adds festive cheer to the already exciting show. While the display is geared for youngsters, viewers of all ages crowd the floor beneath, many of whom have built the event into their annual holiday traditions. It is also a perfect opportunity to show out-of-town guests visiting you at your 1500 Locust apartment one of Philadelphia’s most beloved spectacles. The light show goes off every two hours from 10 a.m. through 8 p.m. through New Year’s Eve.

Also throughout the building, visitors can enjoy the Dickens Christmas Village, another time-honored tradition that features dozens of lifelike moving sculptures telling the tale of “A Christmas Carol.” The Holiday Lane outside the walk-through village features Macy’s holiday gifts, a perfect opportunity to grab some last-minute items and Philly-specific presents for loved ones on your list. And, of course, if you have little ones in your life, they can meet the big guy in red in person at Dickens Village.

Once you’ve taken it all in and head back outside, make sure to stroll past the windows surrounding the store, as Macy’s is known for its elaborate holiday displays. The best part of it all? All of Macy’s holiday festivities are completely free!



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