Experience Santaland at Macy’s Herald Square

Posted: 9:26 PM, Dec 18, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-19 14:40:39-05

HERALD SQUARE, Manhattan — Welcome to Macy’s Santaland in Herald Square, where families and kids can meet the “one and only” Santa who lives with all his elves.

The 13,000-square-foot holiday attraction gives families and kids a “North Pole” experience in the city.

Santaland, which opened on Nov. 25, offers visitors photo ops with Santa, the elves surrounded by Christmas decorations.

The attraction was established on the eighth floor of the midtown department store in 1978.

Before that, it was located on the fourth floor where the former Kids Department was.

Macy’s says the “real” Santa has actually been in the store since 1862, even citing the movie “Miracle on 34th Street” as proof.

About 200,000 people visit the Macy’s Santaland each year.

Santaland will be open until Christmas Eve. It’s free for all visitors (except if you want to buy the professional photo). People should expect to wait up to 90 minutes to get in, but Macy’s also offers an “express pass” when you set up a reservation on the website.

Check for store hours on Macy’s Herald Square website.