If you’re in or around the Philadelphia area during the holidays, you really must stop into Macy’s to see the Christmas Light Show.
- This Christmas show has been part of Philadelphia history since 1956, when it was premiered at the grand court at John Wanamaker’s, the first department store in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and one of the first department stores in the United States.
- For decades until 1994, the melodic baritone “voice”, or narrator, of the show was John Facenda, known to Philadelphians for decades reporting the news on radio and television.
- Various announcers narrated the show between 1995 and 2005. Beginning in 2006, under Macy’s, Julie Andrews became the show’s narrator.
- In 2007, the entire Christmas Light Show was completely modernized and rebuilt by Macy’s Parade Studio on new trusses with lighter materials and LED lighting.
- In 2008, a new and bigger Magic Christmas Tree with LED lights debuted. However, due to safety concerns and logistical issues, the dancing water fountains were retired and will not return.
Macy’s Philadelphia is located at 1300 Market Street. (13th and Market Sts.)
The Christmas Light Show can be seen every two hours, seven days a week.
(10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., 8 p.m)