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Charles Dickens published "A Christmas Carol" in 1843. It is one of the best-selling novels in history.

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Christmas in the city spreads cheer every December. Macy’s in Center City celebrates Christmas in Philadelphia with their holiday light show and the traditional Dickens Village that brings “A Christmas Carol” to life.

The tradition has become a local holiday favorite synonymous with a trip to Center City during the holiday season.

The Dickens Village: “A Christmas Carol”

“A Christmas Carol” is a timeless classic. It tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his dooming dream that includes visits from three ghosts on Christmas Eve. Charles Dickens published the literary classic in 1843. The novel has stood the test of time through generations enough to earn countless movie, tv, and musical adaptations.

The Dickens Village recreates the spirit of “A Christmas Carol” with a free and festive exhibit. The detailed depiction of figurines on the streets of London in the 1800s is incredibly creative and (sometimes eerily) realistic.

Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, and others will put you in the holiday spirit with a trip to Macy’s. The store staff creates a warm holiday spirit, even playing into the theme using English accents to replicate the London setting.

The historic Wanamaker building at 13th and Market Streets is the site of one of the country’s oldest department stores. It’s the perfect location to create the old-time holiday spirit for a trip back in time to enjoy the Charles Dickens classic.

Macy’s Holiday Light Show

Visitors at Macy’s get the true experience of a department store at Christmas time. The festive light show includes songs like “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Frosty, The Snowman” with enough Christmas trains, ballerinas, and toy soldiers to keep you mesmerized.


Enjoy the photos from one of the oldest and best Christmas traditions in the city of Philadelphia.


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