The Macy’s Holiday Light Show at Wanamakers Each Christmas


2011 Macy's Holiday Light Show Schedule – Important Update!

The Show is free of charge, as is the Macy's Dickens Village - A Christmas Carol on the third floor, which can both be found under the same roof, at the Macy's Philadelphia location, at 13th and Market Streets. It occupies the former John Wanamaker Department Store, which opened in all its magnificence, in 1911.

The Macy's Holiday Light Show can be seen on the following dates and times:

It kicks off on Black Friday, November 25, 2011, and will run daily, up to and including New Year's Eve, December 31, 2011.

From Black Friday until Friday, Dec. 23: 10am - 8pm

Saturday, December 24th: 10am - 5pm

Christmas Day: Closed

Monday, Dec. 26 thru Friday, Dec. 30: 10 am- 7 pm

Saturday, December 31: 10 am -5 pm.

During Monday –Thursday, the crowds are generally smaller and likewise, after 4 pm Friday through. Sunday.

So up to and including December 23, 2011 –

The Show will take place at the top of the hour, every hour, during Macy's store hours - 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM. It will take place in the Grand Court of Macy's - the centerpiece of the building. (Important Note: the last Light Show is at 7:00 PM, not 8:00 PM - the building is closing at 8:00 PM)!)

(Important Note: The Dickens Village - which is on the third floor at Macy's - is open on all of the same days, but closes an hour earlier, at 7:00 PM, not 8:00 PM.)


The Macy's Holiday Light Show is one of the most hallowed of Philadelphia Christmas traditions. We'll have more content on this page as we draw closer to the holiday...

2010 Macy's Holiday Light Show Schedule

The Show is free of charge, as is the Macy's Dickens Village - A Christmas Carol on the third floor, which can both be found under the same roof, at the Macy's Philadelphia location, at 13th and Market Streets. It occupies the former John Wanamaker Department Store, which opened in all its magnificence, in 1911.

The Macy's Holiday Light Show can be seen on the following dates and times:

It kicks off on Black Friday, November 26, 2010, and will run daily, up to and including New Year's Eve, December 31, 2010. The Show will take place at the top of the hour, every hour, during Macy's store hours - 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM. It will take place in the Grand Court of Macy's - the centerpiece of the building. (Important Note: the last Light Show is at 7:00 PM, not 8:00 PM - the building is closing at 8:00 PM)!)

(Important Note: The Dickens Village - which is on the third floor at Macy's - is open on all of the same days, but closes an hour earlier, at 7:00 PM, not 8:00 PM.)

Will My Family Be Entertained By the Macy's Holiday Light Show?

Yes, they most certainly will. If you are taking children, one suggestion is to try to go, off-peak - the fewer people there are, the easier it will be for your children to see the show. It also helps if you get there early, and stake out a good spot. (You can watch the Light Show from varying spots on varying floors, but our own personal experience has taught us the important of getting there early for a good view.)



Is The Macy's Holiday Light Show, A Must-See for Philadelphia At Christmastime?

Yes. Don't even consider missing it. And if you have out-of-town relatives or friends in town, at some point during its several-week run through the holiday season, make sure that you take them.

The Macy's Holiday Light Show - Fascinating Facts About It

The Cast of Characters

Fifty Snowflakes
Eight Reindeer
Five Ballerinas
Four Frostys
Three Clocks (our personal favorite)
Two Bears
Two Candy Canes
Two Toy Soldiers
One Nutcracker
One Prince
One Princess
One Girl
Santa
Conductor on the Santa Express Train (which long predates The Polar Express)

The Narrator

The enormously accomplished singer and actress Julie Andrews is the current narrator. However, she was not the original narrator - John Facenda - a local television newsman, whose powerful basso profundo voice made him famous worldwide, as the original voice of NFL Films. And we - as do most Philadelphians - wish that the voice of Facenda had been retained, which we had grown up with. (But unfortunately, Macy's didn't ask us!)





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