Oct 23, 2020 - Economy & Business

Santa won't greet kids at Macy's this year

A Santa Clause at the 2019 Macy's Thanksgiving parade. Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images
Santa Claus at the 2019 Macy's Thanksgiving parade. Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images

Macy's said Santa Claus won't be greeting kids at its flagship New York store this year due to the coronavirus, interrupting a holiday tradition started nearly 160 years ago, AP reports.

The state of play: Before taking a picture with the jolly old man, crowds walk in tight quarters through a maze-like Santaland that's filled with Christmas trees, running toy trains and elves in green costumes.

  • Santa also won't be showing up at its Chicago and San Francisco stores, which have similar Santalands.

The big picture: The Macy's decision differs from big mall owners, which will still go ahead with in-person Santa visits by banning kids from sitting on his lap and making sure they stay six feet away from him.

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