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Macy's 46th Annual Holiday Show - A Day in the Life of an Elf

By November 10, 2008

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Macy's in downtown Minneapolis continues their almost half-century-old Christmas tradition with the opening this week of the 46th Annual Animated Holiday Show at Macy's SantaLand.

This year's theme is "A Day in the Life of an Elf" and tells the story of Santa's elves at the North Pole preparing for Christmas. What does a day in the life of an elf involve? Getting Santa's mail and making toys, of course, and then there's teaching the reindeer how to fly, and they have to fit in time to go to school too.

Preparations for the elaborate animated display have in the works since last year's beautiful Nutcracker show opened. Construction of the actual display began back in September. When around half a million people come to visit every year, it's understandable that Macy's takes that much time to make it as magical as possible.

Macy's SantaLand, Macy's eighth-floor auditorium,
700 Nicollet Mall,
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Telephone 612-375-5020

Open now through December 31 during store hours, with earlier opening hours after Thanksgiving.

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November 26, 2008 at 3:28 pm
(1) TANYA says:

MACY’S HOLIDAY DISPLAY IS THE NEATEST FAMILY EVENT OF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON!!! WE HAVE MADE IT A TRADITION IN OUR FAMILY PASSED DOWN FROM A 35 YEAR TRADITION FROM MY HUSBANDS! NEVER MISS A YEAR!! THANK YOU MACY’S IN MINNESOTA!!!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

November 22, 2009 at 8:38 pm
(2) Ruth Davis says:

In 1962 my roommate from college introduced me to the 8th floor Christmas display. That year, we got into a sleigh and took a magical ride through a winter wonderland. It was truly awesome. I have never missed a year since then. Even when we lived in Kansas City, we brought our children back to experience it every year.

When my mother was very ill, we pushed her in her wheelchair through the magic land. She talked about it for years after. It brightened her spirit so much.

What a wonderful thing Daytons, Marshall Fields and now Macys does for people of all ages. Please don’t ever eliminate this delightful service to all of us. We look forward to it year after year after year. Thank you!

November 19, 2010 at 8:06 am
(3) PEGGY says:

THIS IS NOT MACY’S 48TH YEAR OF THE 8TH FLOOR CHRISTMAS DISPLAY THIS IS ABOUT THE 3RD. AND ALL HAVE BEEN A DAY IN THE LIFE OF AN ELF. WHAT IS THE ISSUE?? MONEY?? REALLY – IF YOU WANT TO KEEP THIS WONDERFUL TRADITION GOING. CHANGE IT UP. GET THE IMAGINIATION GOING AGAIN. WE ARE NOT IN NEW YORK DONT HAVE THE CHANCE TO SEE YOUR MACY DAY PARADE.
WE WANT WHAT WE HAVE HAD, IN MY CASE OVER 25 YEARS OF TRADITION GOING TO SEE DAYTONS CHRISTMAS DISPLAY. YOU HAVE LET ALL YOUR CUSTOMERS DOWN WHEN YOU ADVERTISE THAT YOU WERE GOING TO CONTINUE THE TRADITION OF THE 8TH FLOOR DISPLAYS THAT DAYTONS HELD SO WONDERFULLY. GET WITH IT! EVEN MY YOUNGEST GRANDKIDS REMEMBER WHAT THEY HAVE SEEN FROM YEAR TO YEAR.
IF YOU ARE TRYING TO STOP FOLKS FROM COMING DOWNTOWN DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON – YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB. THIS IS A TOUGH TIME FOR ALOT OF US. WHY MESS WITH THIS ONE FUN FAMILY CHRISTMAS TRADITION BY MAKING IT BORING??!!??

November 28, 2010 at 8:59 pm
(4) Craig says:

I am very disappointed as well. A very special holiday tradition for my family has been to go to the 8th floor display every year. We always enjoy the display and then look at the Christmas ornaments and shop at the store. We will not be going this year and I probably will not shop at Macy’s if I can avoid it.

November 29, 2010 at 1:28 pm
(5) Michelle says:

Not sure why you are all complaining….First of all the article says the 46th, not the 48th, and secondly it is FREE.

Two years ago they did Mary Poppins and last year it was the Nutcracker….they are not repeating the elves event.

Don’t go if you don’t want to but don’t ruin it for everyone else.

November 30, 2010 at 4:13 pm
(6) Abby says:

They did Mary Poppins my freshman year of college, 2006.

I work for a magazine now and I’m writing an article about Macy’s f*****g up our traditions in Minneapolis.

And yes, this IS the third year that they have repeated the theme.

December 2, 2010 at 7:32 pm
(7) Stacy says:

I don’t know where the last person who commented has been!! I started this tradition with my god children, as it was an important part of my family tradition growing up and I’m extremely disappointed that this will be the THIRD YEAR in a row of a life as an elf. My god children, who are under 10, noticed it was the same last year as the year before. I’m surprised there are not more people upset about this… We will be starting a new tradition this year doing something other than going to the eighth floor and sky room for lunch room!

December 4, 2010 at 9:15 am
(8) Penny says:

I agree with the comments. Even preschools are realizing that the Elves are the same every year. Wise up Macy”s!!!!

December 5, 2010 at 11:37 pm
(9) Mary says:

yes, very disappointed. Every year, for my whole life, and the first 7 years of having children we went to the 8th floor display. It all came to a screeching halt when they repeated “A Day in the Life of an Elf”. Ya just shouldn’t mess with important family traditions. Families have so much working against them these days….these special things are priceless for families!!

December 8, 2010 at 10:05 am
(10) Sarah says:

Michelle, last year was NOT the Nutcracker I remember because last yr was the first time we went and took our kids to it.
I was looking forward to taking them again this yr and make it a tradition but then I found out its “the day in a elfs life” AGAIN, I think not! Come on Macy’s!! if you can’t do a new one bring a really old one back then, not the same thing 3 yrs in a row!!!!

December 18, 2010 at 7:57 pm
(11) Valerie says:

Peggy has NO idea what she is talking about! It has been a Day in the ife of an elf for about 3 years, but I am 29 and I have been going since I was a toddler. I remember when it was Santa Bear and Mary Poppins, etc…

October 26, 2011 at 8:54 am
(12) sandra says:

Extremely disappointed in Macy’s repition of the same theme. I, personally have gone to see the Daytons Display since the 50′s when, as a kid, my folks made the 120 mile journey to show us the animated scenes in the windows of Daytons. That was the predecessor to the 8th floor wonderland in the 60′s. I took my kids, god children and now grandkids. But we didn’t go last year when it was a repeat and we won’t go this year. Our tradition is ruined. One person said it is “free” why complain…..travel is not FREE and a day in downtown Minneapolis, parking, shopping and eating is not free. In past years it has been an expensive but worthwhile Christmas tradition………no more. Macy’s are you listening????

November 22, 2011 at 5:58 am
(13) Wendy says:

I am also very disappointed in the fact that Macy’s has not changed the display again this year. My neighbor and I started a tradition 12 years ago of bringing our girls downtown every Christmas for the display, shopping and a meal. We continued to do this even though our girls have grown into their teens but with nothing new to see, we will start a new tradition. Wish we did not have to say ” GOODBYE MACY’S”

December 3, 2011 at 1:17 am
(14) New Mom says:

Wow, I guess some people just complain complain complain! Just be thankful that the event is still running and is STILL free!! It’s a great show and I have been going since I was a child and cannot wait to take my 11 month old. Don’t go to the show and don’t shop there if you hate them so much; either way please don’t ruin the Holiday spirit for everyone else!

December 4, 2011 at 2:29 pm
(15) Linda says:

We (Gramma & Grampa) took our only Grandchild to see “A Day in the Life of an Elf” on Saturday. What a wonderful display!!! The old folks enjoyed it as much as our 6 yr old. Thank you to Macy’s for a wonderful Christmas display. I say to the people who are complaining….then don’t go. Find something else to complain about. Bah Humbug! I appreciate that Macy’s goes through the expense and time to share this with all of us. With our economy as it is, they could easily forgo. To the complainers, put up something wonderful yourself, spoiled rotten.
It is a JOY and we were in the company of MANY others who enjoyed it. THANK YOU MACY’S!!!!!

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