Macy's has absolutely the BEST Santa I have ever seen! They have an enchanting & wintry queue leading up to the big visit. They let you take your own photos with your own camera instead of having to buy expensive prints! The santas & elves are engaging & let your child take their time - no rushing. This is the ONLY place to visit Santa!
This Macy's is a great way to take the load off after a long day with the kids. I used to love to come here after the kids were worn out so they could just sleep in their stroller. I am a huge fan of Macys in general but this one just blew away my expectations. It's huge and really well-organized for a store in the city. You should see how nice it is around Christmastime, just a little more crowded though.
It can be really crowded and chaotic so I wouldn't necessarily call it a must see. It was a lot more unique before Federated Department stores took over the world and turned almost every existing department store into a Macy's. Seeing a Macy's that has many, many floors and old wooden escalators is unique. I would recommend this to anyone who likes shopping. There are places to eat on most floors, although my favorites are probably the ones in the basement. I like the cafeteria style buffet the best. Fast food, with a lot more nutritional content. If you are visiting during the holidays, you really should stop by to at least see the window decorations. They are pretty amazing.
Macys Herald Square can be a really crazy place around the holidays so be prepared for long lines, big crowds and long waits at the elevators (especially the elevator designated for strollers). But its a convenient all-in-one store for shopping in Manhattan. There are lots of eating options within the store too from McDonalds on 7 to Auntie Annie's, Starbucks and an entire cafetaria type thing in the basement to a sitdown restaraunt as well.
A good place to go to get some shopping done. The spring flower fest at macys is also quite a sight. Check out santa at xmas time!
The hubster and I took the boys to Macys' winter wonderland to go see Santa during the Christmas holiday. They enjoyed walking through and seeing all the elves and trains. When the actually got a chance to see and sit on Santa's lap, the eldest had a terrified look on his face while the younger one was very tentative to Santa's beard. We then walked through their toyland which the kids really enjoyed. WE HAD A BLAST!
Herald Square is located between Koreatown and Macy's in midtown in the 30s. It's more for adults and older kids (junior high and up). The Macy's shopping and Koreatown restaurants and cafes will appeal to adults. Though during Christmas the Macy's windows are crowded with tourists viewing the holiday scenes on display.
Macys is definitely a place you will need to see when you are in NY. The Herald Square location is the best you can get. A full block of fashions and lots to see. One floor is dedicated to kids clothes with toys, stride rite shoe area and a McDonald's you can't beat that! When you're visiting after Thanksgiving the store is luminescent with the Christmas decorations and a portion dedicated to getting your picture taken with Santa. They also have a great train exhibit near Christmas-time.