NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Santa Claus isn’t coming to city this yr.
Greater than 1 / 4 of one million individuals come to see Santa at Macy’s annually, the corporate mentioned, making it onerous to create a secure surroundings throughout a pandemic.
Santa additionally gained’t be displaying up at its Chicago and San Francisco shops, which have comparable Santalands. However he’ll nonetheless seem on the finish of the televised Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, the corporate mentioned.
With the coronavirus nonetheless raging, shops and malls are having to remodel their typical vacation technique, which had been to pack as many individuals via its doorways as attainable. Walmart, for instance, is holding its Black Friday offers over 4 weeks, as a substitute of someday.
However the choice by Macy’s differs from large mall house owners, which can nonetheless go forward with in-person Santa visits by banning youngsters from sitting on his lap and ensuring they keep six ft away from him.
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Macy’s has been utilizing Santa Claus to attract crowds to its New York retailer because the early 1860s, calling itself “The House of Santa Claus” for many years. And Macy’s had a starring function within the 1947 movie “Miracle on 34th Avenue,” the place a woman discovers the true Santa inside the shop.
Macy’s will probably be providing a free on-line expertise on its website on the finish of November, the place households can play video games, get a digital tour of Santa’s workshop and take a selfie with Santa.
“Shifting to a digital engagement will safely deliver the magic of Santa Claus to youngsters of all ages this yr,” Macy’s mentioned in an announcement to The Related Press.
The pandemic has compelled Macy’s to tweak different vacation traditions.
With a view to deter crowds, its annual Thanksgiving Day parade won’t go through its usual route via Manhattan. As an alternative, floats, performers and big cartoon balloons and will probably be filmed for TV in entrance of the Herald Sq. retailer in New York.
Macy’s additionally ditched a one-night firework spectacle on the Fourth of July, and held smaller unannounced firework shows to cease individuals from gathering to look at.
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