The Macy’s Christmas Light Show, A Decades-Old Philadelphia Tradition, Returns For The 2013 Holiday Season On Friday, November 29

Macy's Center City bursts with holiday spirit all season long, including the grand Macy's Christmas Light Show, festive Holiday Window displays and the charming Dickens Village. (Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Philadelphia is rife with holiday traditions, and one of our favorites lights up on Black Friday, November 29.

The Macy’s Christmas Light Show, a tradition since 1955, returns to Macy’s Center City for the 2013 holiday season with brilliant lights, festive music and tons of cheer for holiday shoppers.

Running daily through Tuesday, December 31, the holiday spectacle features narration by the legendary Julie Andrews and the rich sounds of the famous Wanamaker Organ. More than 100,000 energy-efficient multicolored LED lights create dazzling holiday images on the four-story-high velvet curtain of the Grand Court atrium.

The Macy’s Christmas Light Show takes audiences on a twinkly journey through popular Christmas stories and goes off each day (except Christmas Day) at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m.

But that’s not all: Macy’s Center City also presents its Holiday Windows, merry displays that have been stunning spectators since the early 1870s. Macy’s was actually the first store to ever feature holiday windows created for the pure fun of the season.

Also starting this Friday, November 29, Dickens Village opens its doors on the third floor of Macy’s. Now a holiday mainstay, the 6,000-square-foot Dickens Village takes Philadelphians back in time to 1840s London with 26 heart-warming scenes setting the stage for the classic story of Scrooge. Take photos with Father Christmas and pick up holiday trinkets.

Been good all year? Treat yourself to a holiday spectacle you won’t forget.

Macy’s Christmas Light Show
When: November 29–December 31; closed, Thursday, December 25
Where: Macy’s Center City, 1300 Market Street
Cost: Free
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  1. The times you listed for the 2013 Macy’s Christmas Light Show are incorrect; the light show runs at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm daily from November 29th – December 31st, except Christmas Day.

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