Wondering what it will be like to visit Santa at Macy’s in 2020? Different, of course! To keep everyone safe and healthy this year, the annual tradition of Macy’s Santaland in NYC is going online, with “Macy’s Santaland at Home.” Read on for info how Macy’s has reimagined the Santaland experience for this season, and when you can make a virtual visit! (P.S. If you really want an in-person visit with Santa, you can do it safely, here!)

Macy’s Santaland, 2020 Edition

photo: Macy's

The Basics

Yes, like everyone else, Santa's online now.  While it's not ideal, this year's workaround does have its advantages. For starters: it's free! 

Visits with Santa will run November 27 to December 24. 

You do not need a reservation for this brand new, interactive and personalized on-demand virtual experience. 

Click here to experience Santa at Macy's this season. 

What to Expect

The online experience will take kids on a virtual journey through Macy’s Santaland at Herald Square in New York City. Kids will be able to meet the Elves, engage with different areas of the magical space and play fun games along the way. 

They'll eventually meet St. Nick himself. When children arrive at Santa’s house, he will interact with them through a whimsical, open-ended pre-recorded conversation that will allow kids to express themselves. (He does respond, thanks to high tech magic.) Finally, kids end the visit by taking an interactive selfie with Santa Claus. 

photo: iStock

Note to Grown-ups: A Santa Like Me

Another positive aspect of virtual Santa visits? Diversity!

Before kids begin their journey through Macy’s virtual Santaland, adults will be asked to choose a Santa from diverse options.

Online: macys.com

—Mimi O’Connor

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