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Info on Navigating Santa at Macys in 2014, aka SantaLand NYC

santalandIf you want to get a photo with your kids and Santa this year, you can go right up the street to Macy’s Herald Square. It’s technically free for your kid to meet Santa and take a photo, but if you want to keep the photo they take, it’s about $20-$100. You get to look at 3-6 photos that they took and can buy one or all.

If the idea of this makes your stomach turn, but you want that memorable and oftentimes hilarious Santa photo you are not alone. The lines can get long, so here are some tips to make the whole experience a bit easier:

santa macysLocation: SantaLand at Macys is located on the 8th Floor of the store at 34th Street and 6th Avenue. To avoid the chaos of other Macys shoppers, walk in off of 6th Avenue, go to the right and find the elevator banks on the north side of the store. There are some express elevators that stop at the 8th floor. Even the express elevators can take a while to show up but it’s faster than any alternative. You will come out in a bridal department but circle around and back (or ask someone) and you will find SantaLand.

Lines: The lines can be long. We went about 15 minutes before they opened and waited about 20 minutes. It actually goes pretty fast as they have (shhhh!) multiple Santas in hidden pathways so the kids don’t see. While in line there are trains and other exhibits that you walk through. You can also register and get an Express Pass at

Food: Right next to SantaLand is a Juice press and an Au Bon Pain, so you can snack while you wait. They technically do not allow food in the Santa photo area. It’s your choice whether you want that healthy juice or that chocolate chip muffin.

Santa: The Santas look pretty legit and will say a few words to your kids during the photo. We went with a 3 month old and a 20 month old and it all went smoothly.

SantaLand is open from Friday, November 28th through Wednesday, December 24th.

Here is the remaining schedule:
Saturday, December 20th, 2014 7:00AM – 9:00PM
Sunday, December 21st, 2014 7:00AM – 9:00PM
Monday, December 22nd, 2014 7:00AM – 9:00PM
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014 7:00AM – 9:00PM
Wednesday, December 24th 2014 7:00AM – 4:00PM

Madison Square Park and Tree Lighting set for December 9th

One of the oldest (if not the oldest) tree lighting ceremony in the United States is happening again on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014. The event is free and features:

  • madison square park holiday treeA horticultural workshop
  • A Reading Rangers story time reading of kid’s stories Love Monster and the Perfect Present and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • Music from New School Jazz Quartet, Motown the Musical, The New York Life Singers, and Audra Rox
  • Gingerbread Boulevard, a one-of-a-kind collection of three life-sized Gingerbread houses
  • Tree ornamentation with holiday bulbs made of hand-blown glass and gold wire from The City of Strasbourg, France
  • Free holiday treats from Hill Country Chicken (Apple Bites and Apple Cider), SD26 Restaurant (Pappa Pomodoro tomato soup), and Frittering Away (Hot Apricot Ginger Lemonade and Strawberry Basil Lemonade).

It starts at 3:30pm with the tree lighting at 5pm. The event is hosted by the Madison Square Park Conservancy.

Parade Route for NYC Halloween Parade 2014 runs up 6th Avenue to 16th Street

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The 2014 NYC Halloween Parade runs up 6th Avenue again today (October 31st), going from Spring Street to just past 16th-18th Street.

It runs from 7pm-11pm and is one of the biggest parades in New York City. Anyone can join as long as you are in costume. Learn more about how to participate at

The Grand Marshall this year is Whoopi Goldberg. There will be hundreds of Giant Puppets, 50 bands representing music from everywhere and dancers of all styles.

If you can’t attend or participate in the parade you can always watch it on tv (NY1 from 8pm-9:30pm).

The Parade typically draws more than 50,000 costumed participants and millions of viewers live and on tv.

If you haven’t been, it’s a wild event.


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