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Mad. Sq. Holiday and tree lighting to return to Madison Square Park Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

The annual Mad. Sq. Holiday and tree lighting event will return to Madison Square Park on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015. It will run from 3:30-5:30pm and feature a “candy cane reindeer craft activity, a winter tree identification activity with Mad. Sq. Park’s Gardener Steph, and plenty of performances including Sing for Hope Youth Chorus, Finding […]

Big Apple BBQ 2015 event returns to Madison Square Park on June 13-14th, 2015

The largest barbecue event in New York City is back right here in Madison Square Park on June 13-14th, 2015 with 17 Pitmasters from around the United States cooking up regional BBQ favorites at each stand. The Big Apple BBQ event is free to attend, and each dish typically runs from $9-$11. There is also […]

Happy New Year from MadParkNews!

Happy New Year from MadParkNews and all the best in 2015!! We have published since 2009 because we love the neighborhood and we want to share the great things happening in it while helping the local businesses thrive. Happy New Year! Related Posts: No Related Posts

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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


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