Where to Get Your Holiday Shopping Done

The holiday season is in full swing—meaning our shopping lists are getting longer and our wallets are getting lighter. While many of us flock to the local mall to try to hunt down the perfect gift, the traffic, lines and parking wars are enough to send you running for other options. Near your 1500 Locust apartment, there are many of those, with tons of local boutiques and independent retailers and shopping centers all within walking distance.

If you want to add a dose of history and culture to your shopping experience, stroll over to Macy’s, just three blocks from your 1500 Locust apartment. The retail giant is situated in the historic Wanamaker Building, which has been a major shopping destination under several different brands for more than a century. The architecture both inside and outside of the building, which is designated as a National Historic Landmark, speak to its storied history—and offer plenty to look at as you’re perusing the shelves and racks, which feature hundreds of leading fashion brands, home goods and much more.

Take a break from your shopping to catcg the Holiday Light Show, one of Philly’s most beloved holiday traditions that dates back to 1955. Set to music from the renowned Great Pipe Organ—which turns 115 years old this year—the show features your favorite holiday characters, classic tunes and a dazzling finale lighting up the holiday tree with more than 34,000 lights. You can also see “A Christmas Carol” come to life with a stroll through the store’s famed miniature village. Both events are open through Jan. 5.

At Macy’s, you can get all of your holiday shopping done in one spot, and make the experience a whole lot more enjoyable by taking in some of Philly’s favorite holiday traditions.


1300 Market St.

Philadelphia, PA 19107