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The Macy’s Christmas Light Show
at Macy’s Center City

A Philadelphia holiday tradition since 1956

Macy's Christmas Light Show

A perfect family outing, the Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Concert at Macy's is a Philadelphia tradition that dates back more than half a century. Credit: G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia


Dates: November 24 – December 31, 2017


A perfect family outing, the Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Concert at Macy’s is a Philadelphia holiday tradition that dates back more than half a century.

Come to the famous Center City store — housed in the historic Wanamaker Building — to watch snowflakes, ballerinas and reindeer float beyond the four-story-high velvet curtain of the Grand Court atrium.

During the light show, more than 100,000 bright, energy-efficient LED lights combine to create fantastic holiday images. For shows starting at noon, the finale of the light show is accompanied live by festive music from the world-renowned Wanamaker Grand Organ. This year’s schedule is yet to be released, but shows typically occur daily, Thanksgiving through December 31, at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Macy’s is closed on Christmas Day.

Insider Tip: The Macy’s Magic Christmas Tree seen during the show is made up of approximately 34,500 LED lights in six different colors.

Holiday Windows

Macy’s has been wowing crowds with their elaborate holiday window displays and celebrations since the early 1870s. The first store to feature holiday windows in the spirit of the holiday season, Macy’s continues this joyful tradition to this day.

Dickens Village

Dates: Through December 31, 2017
A Philadelphia tradition for more than 20 years, the third floor of Macy’s is transformed into “Dickens Village” for the holiday season. The 6,000-square-foot Village on the 3rd floor of Macy’s Center City brings Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol to life with more than 100 fully animated figures reenacting 26 of the story’s most memorable moments. The Village is open daily, excluding Christmas.

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1300 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 241-9000

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