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Macy's Santaland just announced its 2018 opening date

Macy's Santaland just announced its 2018 opening date
Photograph: Courtesy Mike Coppola

Attention New Yorkers: Christmas is arriving earlier than ever this year!

Macy's is already preparing for Christmas to arrive (Let's be honest...secretly, so are we). Even though Halloween for kids and Thanksgiving for kids haven't made it to New York quite yet, Macy's Santaland will open for the season on Friday November 23, 2018 and remain open through Monday, December 24, 2018! Yippee!

The famous Macy's Santaland display—complete with Santa, his elves and a full floor of sparkling winter wonderland—will open at Macy's Herald Square with a bang. This year, you'll see elves at the Welcome Station, a Kinder Sweet Shoppe, The Aflac Ducks, The Enchanted Forest (igloos, ice sculptures, Christmas trees, etc), The Rainbow Bridge and even the Lionel Trains Industrial City (tons of model trains zip around a six-foot-tall Christmas tree and other decorations). Shortly before meeting Mr. Claus, you'll get a peek at Santa's Workshop and see his sleigh being prepped for the big night (reindeer and all)! 


A new feature in 2018: Visitors who come to Macy's Santaland Friday through Sunday can opt to skip the Santaland Village attraction and head straight to Santa via a Santa Express Lane (time slots are subject to availability).

Also important, a new feature from 2017: As of last year, families no longer need to line up for hours to get through the Santaland Village. Visitors reserve a time slot when they book their tickets, which helps you and your youngins get through the lines in a reasonable amount of time. 

Beginning on November 18, 2018, you can reserve your place in the North Pole at (or call Macy’s Holiday Hotline at 212-494-4495). Don't forget to review our guide to Macy's Santaland for the full details.

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