It's the year without a Santa Claus at Macy's this holiday season.
COVID-19 is changing many holiday traditions this year, including drive-thru haunted houses, Thanksgiving gatherings, and now, unfortunately, Santa will not be at any Macy's stores to spread holiday cheer and take photos with families, reported CNN.
Macy's made the announcement saying Santa will not be greeting kids at any of their flagship stores including those in New York, Chicago and San Francisco due to rising coronavirus cases.
According to a statement to The Associated Press, the department store is instead moving to a virtual event to "safely bring the magic of Santa Claus to children of all ages this year." No more information has been given on this new virtual experience yet, but hopefully, it will feel just like the real thing.
While Macy's won't be having St. Nick in stores, some malls have announced they will maintain the tradition but with safety precautions in place, including plexiglass barriers for a "touchless" experience.
But do not fret, because children will still be able to see Santa in the televised Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.
Due to the pandemic, the parade will forgo marching down the streets of Manhattan and instead be taped in and around its iconic flagship store in New York's Herald Square.
"We won't be marching, but we're reimagining it into a televised-only spectacle where all your fave balloons, floats & Santa Claus *safely* make their way to you," the retailer said about the parade back in September.