by Brian Lipton

Macy’s Herald Square unveiled its 2015 holiday windows, entitled “Macy’s Presents A Charlie Brown Christmas,” on Friday, November 20. The six windows were created to mark the celebration of the golden anniversary of the classic holiday animated special, which was based on Charles Schultz’s tales of the Peanuts gang.

Following Charlie Brown’s heartfelt quest to discover the true meaning of Christmas, the six Broadway windows feature key scenes from the 50-year-old animated special. Moreover, each window is topped by a larger-than-life version of six Peanuts characters peering out over Broadway Plaza, with that lovable bird, Woodstock, taking center stage, perched high above the marquee entrance above a replica of Charlie Brown’s iconic Christmas tree. In addition, spectators will be treated to a highly interactive experience as they watch the story unfold from window to window.

The windows were created by Roya Sullivan, award-winning designer and Macy’s National Director of Window Presentation. “This year’s Christmas windows tap into our own inner-child remembering the adventures of our favorite Peanuts characters,” she said. “We are proud to have maintained the integrity of the original animated television special while also acknowledging today’s tech-savvy child with the addition of highly technological and interactive elements. This unconventional marriage of animatronics and interactive elements, combined with old school artistry and craftsmanship, forms a truly unique marriage between the past and the present.”

“The iconic Macy’s Christmas windows are the perfect home for Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang this holiday season,” added Jean Schulz, wife of Peanuts creator Charles Schulz. “The endearing moments from the special, which has become a holiday tradition for millions of people, will charm New Yorkers and visitors in a brand new way this year through the artistry of the windows.

Macy’s expects that during peak hours over 10,000 people per hour will pass by the windows.