In 1862, the R. H. Macy Co. was the first department store to have an in-store Santa at Christmas time. Soon after, Mr. Macy began decorating his large windows with huge displays that would attract the attention of passers-by and prompt them to come in and browse or purchase some of his top-quality items.
You can find more about annual Macy's Thanksgiving parade in one of my posts here.
The team of carpenters, machinists, artisans and animators spend 35 weeks working on the scenes. In the early days the animated holiday scenes were powered by employees taking turns walking on a treadmill below the windows to keep them in motion.
This year Macy's Christmas windows display a little boy's journey through an enchanted forest on Christmas Eve.