For its 2020 celebration, Macy’s Santaland is making several modifications.

For the 2020 holiday season, one of New Yorkers’ favorite Christmas traditions is changing.

Families have traveled to Macy’s in Herald Square since 1977 to wander through the colorful, merry Santaland and, of course, meet the guy in the red suit one-on-one. This year, things will be a little different: from November 27 to December 24, Macy’s Santaland will be transformed into an interactive, virtual experience, bringing a little bit of New York City Christmas enchantment to homes all over the world.

Susan Tercero, Macy’s vice president of Branded Entertainment, said in a statement, “At Macy’s, the safety of our customers and coworkers is essential.” “This year, we will move to a virtual engagement to duplicate the wonderful experience of visiting Macy’s Santaland for children and their families.” “Macy’s is ecstatic to have discovered a means to ensure that even more families may enjoy this cherished event securely during this holiday season.”

Make a cup of cocoa, turn on some kid-friendly Christmas music, and go to the North Pole from the comfort of your own home with Macy’s Santaland at Home. (It’s completely free!)

Here’s how to get there:

Allow moms, dads, or adult guardians to enable all permissions at macys.com/santaland.
Join the elves, who will be your travel companions. Up to three youngsters can enjoy the personalized experience at the same time.
While aboard your North Pole-bound train, play interactive games and visit Santa’s hamlet and workshop.
Stay until the end of the event to see an interactive digital film with Santa, where kids can read their wish lists and take selfies.

Not only will other cities get a taste of how New York celebrates the holidays, but we Gothamites will be able to sample traditions from all over the world: on the Santaland website, the Macy’s Center City in Philadelphia, which hosts Dickens’ Village and the Christmas Light Show, will be highlighted. Plus, throughout the season, Kris Kringle himself will make appearances on Macy’s social media accounts for some fun surprises.

Sure, things aren’t quite the same, but the show must go on. We’ll meet up at the North Pole!