Mrs. Claus and Elves Hold Down the Fort at the North Pole
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Following his celebratory kick-off of the holiday season in the world-famous Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade(R), Santa will embark on a whirlwind tour across America stopping in 25 cities in as many days all across the country. Motoring from New York City (where he will have just finished Macy's Parade), Santa's National Tour will start on November 28 in South Portland, Maine, and conclude on December 22 in Metairie, Louisiana, and will give children from coast to coast the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet the man himself!
As a new and exciting element to the Macy's Believe campaign, Santa's National Tour will give children of all ages the chance to meet the one-and-only Santa - celebrated every year when he arrives as the grand finale in Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and made famous for his home at Macy's (NYSE:M) in Miracle on 34th Street.
Santa will greet all the good little boys and girls at the local Macy's in each city to remind them of the special magic of the Christmas season. Santa's joy-spreading visit will also include a special trip to a second location in each market - possibly a school or a local children's hospital.
Santa's magical journey across America will include the following stops:
Date City Store 28-Nov South Portland, ME South Portland 29-Nov Nampa, ID Nampa 30-Nov Albany, NY Colonie Center 1-Dec Salt Lake City (Orem), UT University 2-Dec Warwick, RI Warwick 3-Dec Fresno, CA Fresno Fashion Fair 4-Dec West Hartford, CT Westfarms 5-Dec Mission Viejo, CA Mission Viejo 6-Dec Harrisburg, PA Harrisburg East 7-Dec San Diego, CA Fashion Valley 8-Dec Columbus, OH Easton Town Center 9-Dec Gilbert, AZ San Tan Village 10-Dec Barboursville, WV Huntington 11-Dec Albuquerque, NM Coronado Center 12-Dec Richmond, VA Short Pump Town Center 13-Dec Denver, CO Cherry Creek 14-Dec Raleigh, NC Crabtree 15-Dec Summit, MO Summit Fair 16-Dec Nashville, TN Cool Springs Galleria 17-Dec McKinney, TX Village At Fairview 18-Dec Atlanta, GA Perimeter 19-Dec San Antonio, TX Shops At La Cantera 20-Dec Pembroke Pines, FL Pembroke Lakes 21-Dec Houston, TX Memorial City 22-Dec Metairie, LA Lakeside
In 1862 Macy's introduced Santa Claus to his home-away-from-home at Macy's on 14th Street. As time passed Macy's expanded, moving Santa to the store's new location on 34th street in 1902. In 1924, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade stepped off for the first time to usher in the season and bring Santa to the store to unveil Macy's famous Christmas windows. Many decades later, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has become the official start of the holiday season each year bringing the one-and-only Santa Claus to town. In 1947, Santa was immortalized in the classic film "Miracle on 34th Street," and his home at Macy's was proclaimed.
Please visit www.macys.com/believe to track Santa on his tour across America.
Macy's, the largest retail brand of Macy's, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at more than 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Macy's stores and macys.com offer distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy's is known for such epic events as Macy's 4th of July Fireworks(R) and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade(R), as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Building on a 150-year tradition, Macy's helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities that make a difference in the lives of our customers.
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Released November 18, 2009