When I was younger, my family and I frequently made a stop at Macy’s (1300 Market St) during the holidays to see the Christmas Light Show. I remember loving the festivities and have wanted to give the show a try in my adult years. Since two of my girlfriends from college stopped by the city on Saturday for a little holiday shopping & sightseeing, so we thought we would give it a go.
When we walked in, the store was a literal madhouse. Now, it was one of the only two Saturdays left before Christmas, but I’m talking, can’t even walk madhouse. We stopped on the 3rd floor to find a bathroom for our friend and couldn’t seem to even find a place to stop & wait where we were not in anyone’s way.
We got a decent spot behind two rows of people and got ready to watch the show. From the 3rd floor, it was a bit hard to hear, and we couldn’t see the bottom of the set. However, it was still beautiful and still looked just like I remembered it!
If you are thinking of going to see a show, my tips are as follows: 1) Go on a weekday. Just, trust me :] 2) Sit/stand on the bottom floor, even if it means you have to wait a bit longer for the show to start 3) Remove all jackets/scarves/gloves before you get into position to watch, it does get a little warm! 4) Take a child. I think while venturing to see this as an adult it had lost a little of it’s luster. I don’t know if I’ll go back for it until I have kids of my own.
The show runs every hour through the end of December. You can get the full schedule over on VisitPhilly. Have you ever attended the Macy’s Christmas Light Show? What did you think of it?