Macy's Christmas Light Show

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Macy's Christmas Light Show Philadelphia Reviews

WalterC WalterC
389 reviews
A great Christmas show to watch Dec 17, 2013
If you happen to be in Philadelphia during the holidays, the Macy’s Christmas Light Show is definitely worth the time to watch.

A Christmas tradition since 1956, it is held inside the Macy’s in Center City, which used to be the old Wanamaker’s store. Just look for the large Christmas tree, which is a sight in itself. The colors of the lights keep changing, and just nice to see.

The light show is narrated by Julie Andrews, and tells a bunch of Christmas stories. Some of them include “The Nutcracker”, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”, and “Frosty the Snowman”, with the music or songs in the background.

The show can be seen every 2 hours, starting at 10 AM, and the last one at 8 PM, throughout the month of December daily, except Christmas Day. If you can, get there ahead of time, to get a good spot.

I’ve seen it on the 2nd and 3rd floors, which I’ve been told by someone at Macy’s, is much better than the 1st floor. My preference is the 2nd floor, since it is less crowded, and better views. Though, the 3rd floor has advantages of being near the Dickens Village and the restrooms, which can be a factor for those with children.

Whatever floor you see it on, I’m sure you will find it very enjoyable.
start of the show
The Nutcracker
Nutcracker characters
The Nutcracker
4 / 4 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
Vikram says:
I was a little scared before reading this review thinking it'll be as tacky as the Thxgvng Parade in NYC!
Posted on: Dec 20, 2013
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Andy99 Andy99
621 reviews
Holiday Cheer from Macy's and the Wanamaker Organ Dec 05, 2010
Macy's Christmas Light Show at its Center City store in Philadelphia continues a holiday tradition begun in the 1950s. The light show was started when the department store was Wanamaker's, making use of the immense pipe organ installed over the Grand Court atrium. (With 28,500 pipes, it is said to be the largest pipe organ in existence.)

The 10 minute show combines music, narration (by Julie Andrews), and coordinated lighting effects to create a holiday-themed show. Themes include the Nutcracker, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It is very cute and effective!

It's a tradition for Philadelphia familes to bring their children to see the show. Adults remember seeing it when they were children. (It was very well attended, even on a Sunday morning.) I definitely recommend stopping by to see the show.
Before the show
Waiting for the light show to begin
The show begins...
Dance of the Snowflakes
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WalterC says:
I never knew about this. I'll have to remember to check this out next Christmas!
Posted on: Aug 07, 2013
williamsworld says:
Man you really get around. Merry Christmas, my friend
Posted on: Dec 15, 2010
sUrAbUyA says:
Oh I told you my sister has recently moved to the Philly area. She has left now to spend Christmas with her daughter in Vancouver but I will have to tell her about this for next year. I would love to see this.
Posted on: Dec 15, 2010

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