Macy’s Santaland NYC 2013 with Express Pass

Macy's Santaland NYC 2013 with Express Pass

 

Macy's Santaland with an Express Pass was a first for us last year, so we decided to make it a family tradition and visit Macy's Santaland NYC in 2013, notwithstanding the rainy weather we had yesterday, and were glad we did!

As before, the day before we wanted to visit, we clicked into the Macys NYC Herald Square store, then on “Events,” to find the Santaland section:

Macy's Santaland NYC 2013 with Express Pass

 

Then we requested a Santaland Express Pass for our preferred time (thankfully there was 1 spot left):

Macy's Santaland NYC 2013 Express Pass Request

 

We then received a confirmation of our time, and we were all set:

Macy's Santaland 2013 with Express Pass- Confirmation

 

Macy's Santaland is on the 8th floor, and given the incredibly long line snaking around Santaland, I was very glad we'd made an Express Pass reservation. We went up to the Express Pass sign, where Santa's friendly elves were ready to usher us in:

Macy's Santaland NYC 2013: Express Pass Sign and Elf

 

Now, unlike last year, there was a bit of a line even for Express Pass holders (probably because we were also there on on the second to last day) but the munchkin didn't mind much, since there was a huge Christmas tree with trains zipping around it to enjoy:

Macy's Santaland NYC 2013 with Express Pass - Christmas Tree with Trains

 

There was music from the Nutcracker playing, with Christmas trees and wooden soldiers:

Macy's Santaland 2013 with Express Pass - Christmas Trees, Soldiers

 

The anticipation was definitely building, and soon we were next in line, with the munchkin super excited to see Santa:

Macy's Santaland NYC 2013 with Express Pass

 

Finally it was our turn, and the munchkin turned a bit shy as he sat on Santa's lap. He did ask him about the North Pole, why he doesn't shave, and tell him about his favorite superheroes. And he was thrilled to learn he is on Santa's “good list” 🙂 It was a very happy visit, and since there may only be a few years left that the munchkin “believes” I'm glad we went.

Macy's Santaland NYC 2013 with Express Pass - With Santa

 

Afterwards, the munchkin was enthralled with the beautiful Christmas windows. My photos don't do them justice, since there is animation and music which adds to the magical effect. While I don't do any department store shopping, I also love looking at these windows, which are a real highlight of being in NYC for the holidays. The munchkin made me promise that we would come back, while they are still up.

Macy's Santaland NYC 2013 Express Pass - Awe at Christmas Windows

 

Macy's Santaland 2013 Express Pass - Christmas Windows

 

Macy's Santaland NYC 2013 with Express Pass - Macy's Christmas Windows

 

Have you been to Macy's Santaland in 2013, using an Express Pass?

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