by Stephen Garner

Photos by Diane Bondareff / AP Images for Macy’s

On Thursday, November 15, Macy’s Herald Square unveiled its legendary Christmas windows during New York City’s first snowfall of the season.

The evening began with a ceremony full of music, enchanting ice sculptures, and fun featuring elves from Macy’s Santaland. As the snow fell, everyone counted down to the unveiling of the store’s legendary window displays.

Award-winning designer and Macy’s National Director of Window Presentation, Roya Sullivan, created the 2018 intergalactic-themed Christmas windows. A custom interactive video game let guests zoom Macy’s newest holiday hero, Sunny the Snowpal, through snowflakes in pursuit of Santa’s sleigh, while LED backdrops and animated characters and scenery brought energy to the holiday scenes.

After the celebration, guests were invited into the store to enjoy sweet treats by Nonni’s biscotti and Carvel’s new apple pie flavored ice cream.

The theme of this year’s windows is “Believe In The Wonder Of Giving.” The six enchanted windows share a tale of friendship, family, adventure, and teamwork as Sunny the Snowpal works to save Christmas with the help of her friends.

The windows will be displayed until January 1, 2019.