For many people in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, part of celebrating the holidays is heading downtown to the 8th floor auditorium of Daytons Marshall Fields Macy’s to see the annual holiday display. We decided to take our kids this year on a special outing. They haven’t been downtown often, so just the thought that this department store had more than two floors was intriguing to them.
We made our way through the store to the elevator area and headed up to “8.” We got in line and made our way to the auditorium to see “A Day in the Life of an Elf.”
Following the pathway through the elves’ bedroom, kitchen, school, and on to Santa’s mailroom and the toy and goodie factory, the kids loved the display. A rabbit was directing the Christmas tree choir, and a little mouse was running through the kitchen. Santa’s mail kept coming in, and one poor elf got a box on his head and had trouble escaping.
It was fun to see the wonder in the kids’ eyes as they watched the back-and-forth animation of the characters. In this day and age, it’s nice to know they can enjoy things even if they lack high-tech special effects and surround sound. This traditional display with its attention to detail and story that it tells fascinated them.
As an adult, it was fun to see a display that I’d heard much about, and with the crowd of people that was there, to know that much of the Cities was sharing this experience as well. This free holiday display is a time-honored tradition in Minneapolis, and a delight for young and old. It continues through December 31.
Do you have a favorite holiday display, in a store or elsewhere?
Photo credits: minnemom