Macy’s Christmas Windows 2014
This year Macy’s Holiday Windows 2014 theme is “Santa’s Journey to the Stars.” It is the story of a young boy, Alex, who receives a magical and mystical telescope and travels the universe with his dog Bella.
The windows were created by Roya Sullivan, award-winning designer and Macy’s National Director of Window Presentation. According to Sullivan, “This year’s Christmas windows will symbolize the power of magical thinking and the tradition of storytelling where we celebrate, not only children’s imagination, but our own inner-child. We have combined our homage to today’s tech-savvy child with a nostalgic dream to travel through space with Santa. This theme is brought to life by combining the technological and interactive elements with old school artistry forming a unique marriage resulting in something original and artistic.”
The six Broadway windows showcase one-of-a-kind planet-scapes, countless custom designed toys, handmade elves and an interactive game, all accented by thousands of LED lights.
Macy’s Christmas Windows 2014 – Alex was an extraordinary boy, his telescope was no ordinary toy.
On the night he spotted Mercury he saw a sleigh and eight reindeer—then he and his dog Bella were soaring the skies! “Now you can join me among the stars to see how other planets celebrate Christmas!”
They whizzed on past Mercury, which is a little bit quirky: hotter than an oven by day, colder than a freezer by night.
The story of “Santa’s Journey to the Stars” begins as our hero Alex is seen in his bedroom marveling at his favorite gift of all…a telescope from Santa. Suddenly, Santa himself appears and, quicker than a wink, Alex and his dog Bella are soaring through the skies on their extraterrestrial experience.
Macy’s Christmas Windows 2014 – The second planet from the sun, Venus is also a second source of North Pole fun: On this home away from home, Santa’s elves run a spare workshop to assemble all the gifts that fill the rest of the galaxy’s kids’ wish lists.
The excitement of the journey builds inside this window when Santa, Alex and Bella land on Venus. Little do the people on Earth know that Santa uses Venus as a second workshop to build toys for all the good little children in the galaxy. Venus’ elves are hard at work in this window as the conveyer belt whizzes by filled to the brim with the fruits of their labor.
Macy’s Christmas Windows 2014 – Because it’s the color of Santa’s jacket, Mars is called the Red Planet, and it has something that is very hard to hide: Olympus Mons is the highest mountain in our solar system, taller than any on Earth! When the holidays come, so too does the fun, and Martians decorate it to spread good cheer and mirth.
The next stop is Mars, otherwise known as the Red Planet, where our traveling trio takes a whimsical ride on a Mars rover, soaring high above the festivities below. The resident Martians have truly “painted the town red” in honor of the season and, as a salute to one of the greatest holiday traditions here on Earth, have incorporated balloons from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade into their jubilee.
Macy’s Christmas Windows 2014 – The two biggest planets have out-of-this world facets: Jupiter has a whopping 67 moons, each with its own tradition and well worth a visit. The folks on Saturn are speed demons and hold holiday races upon its rings.
After experiencing life on Mars, it is now off to Jupiter, the “Gas Giant,” and the largest planet in the solar system. Jupiter has 67 moons, more than any other planet and, during the holidays, each moon tries to outdo the other with their fanciful holiday celebrations. A quick jaunt to Saturn finds the locals engaging in friendly competition as they race around the planet’s rings.
Macy’s Christmas Windows 2014 – Uranus and Neptune are known as the “Ice Giants” because they are the coldest of all. What’s even cooler is how their folks get festive at night
by throwing the galaxy’s biggest snowball fight.
The fun turns interactive inside our next window as Earthling onlookers are invited to play a seasonally inspired game which vividly lights up a miniature ice city. In the meantime, competition of a different sort occurs within the window as a snowball fight for the ages unfolds between our “Ice Giants,” Uranus and Neptune.
Macy’s Christmas Windows 2014 – Alex and Bella now knew all about the jubilation of the other planets’ celebrations! They would not forget soon what they learned about holidays across the planets and moons, but Santa knew they were ready for their own Christmas on Earth.
It all comes together in the grand finale of “Santa’s Journey to the Stars” as Alex comes back down to Earth marveling at all he has experienced throughout his otherworldly adventure. Finding himself at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, our hero feels a warm and familiar comfort at the sight of the balloons floating on the parade route and, as his friend Santa Claus arrives at last to signal the start of the holiday season, he realizes that, no matter the fun that was had in space, there will be nothing like his Christmas celebration here on Earth.