: Macy’s is bringing back Santa for in-person visits, but only with a reservation

Santa Claus will be back at select Macy’s Inc.

locations this year to take wish lists in person, but kids will need to reserve a spot before showing up.

Santa will be at the Macy’s Chicago State Street store starting Nov. 6, and in New York’s Herald Square and San Francisco’s Union Square locations starting Nov. 26. Guests will need an advanced reservation, with space opening up five days in advance of the planned visiting date.

Santaland will close on Dec. 24.

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Visits will also be contactless, with guests having a socially-distanced holiday conversation with Santa.

A virtual experience is also available for those who want to bypass an in-person visit. Guests can log on from Nov. 26 through Dec. 24.

Macy’s has hosted visits with Santa Claus since 1861. Macy’s has also decorated its windows for the holidays since 1874. That will make a return to select Macy’s locations this year as well.

Stores across the nation will also feature Christmas trees and other holiday decorations. And Santa will be available on social media.

Macy’s announced last month that the annual Thanksgiving Day parade will be live and in-person again this year.

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Retailers have been sharing their holiday plans over recent weeks, with Walmart Inc.

saying Monday that its “Black Friday Deals for Days” event would be back in November, Target Corp.

kicking off holiday promotions earlier this month and Kohl’s Corp.

announcing holiday season discounts for those who opt for in-store pickup.

Macy’s stock has soared in 2021, up 131.5% for the year to date. The ProShares Decline of the Retail Store ETF

has tumbled 30.3%. And the S&P 500 index

is up 19.1% for the period.

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