Macy's Santaland is a North Pole village which is constructed every holiday season by the Macy's department store chain. It is a 13,000-square-foot exhibition open for children and families. Shoppers enjoy reindeer, elves and various other Christmas-themed decorations. Children visit Santa Claus and may have a picture taken with him.
Macy's Santaland can be found at seven different locations across the United States: New York, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Seattle, Pittsburgh, Portland, Chicago and San Francisco. The seasonal attraction is appealing to parents who bring their children to experience the winter wonderland and have their photos taken with Santa Claus. Admission to Santaland is free for all, but professional photos with Santa Claus are available in package deals ranging from around $19.99 to $59.99, as of 2015.
Workers dressed as elves complete the holiday scene. Children are able to enjoy the full Christmas experience, shopping around for candy and trinkets, telling their Christmas wishes to Santa and posing with various displays, such as animatronic talking reindeer or a slew of professionally decorated trees. Also in Santaland, children can write Santa Claus a personal letter, compiling all of their seasonal wishes. Macy's donates one dollar per letter to the Make a Wish Foundation.