In recent years, Macy's windows are not only adorned for the Christmas season, but also year round. Many of these displays feature items exclusive to Macy's, or promotions for television events, Broadway shows, or feature films.
Over the years, the Muppets have appeared in poser-form on a few occasions. Among those were windows to celebrate the premiere of It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, and The Muppets' Wizard of Oz.
Seven animated holiday windows were unveiled November 22, 2002 in New York City. The extra special guest for this event was Kermit the Frog. Kermit helped usher in the holiday season by unveiling the seven front window displays that appeared on 34th Street and Herald Square side of Macy's. These windows served to promote the NBC airing of It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, the new Kermit the Frog balloon which premiered that year at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and a plush Kermit available exclusively at Macy's (based on the new balloon).
The seven scenes depicted were: Miss Piggy and Kermit watching their new movie on a big screen television, Santa's sleigh arriving at Macy's Herald Square, the Statue of Liberty, a carriage ride through Central Park, Rockefeller Center, the The Muppet Theatre, and New Year's Eve in Times Square.
Each window also featured a small place card with a poem describing the scene, which is often done for the window displays.
Window 1 - It's A Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie:
Miss Piggy, Foo Foo, and Kermit are seated in front of a television which is showing clips of their new movie (as well as scenes of the parade). The window is set up like a living room, complete with a Christmas tree. Miss Piggy is holding a calendar noting the date of the premiere airing of the special.
This window was next to the main entrance of the building, and above the main doors a large balloon version of the Kermit the Frogtographer plush looked down on shoppers.
Window 2 - The Carriage Ride:
Kermit and Miss Piggy ride through Central Park in a horse drawn carriage. Riding with them is a shopping bag from Macy's, filled with Piggy's purchases.
The poem read, "T'was the night before Christmas and all through Central Park, Miss Piggy kissed her Kermie. Thank goodness it was dark..."
Window 3 - Rockefeller Center Gonzo, Rizzo the Rat, Penguins and Chickens ice skate and sing carols at the world famous skating rink.
The window poem read, "At Rockefeller Center Skating Rink the whole world comes to skate! Chickens, Penguins, Rizzo the Rat, and Gonzo the Great! So take this holiday advice: Put on your skates, throw off your cares, and take to the ice."
Window 4 - The Dance Hall Miss Piggy, in her Saltine outfit from It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, is center stage, backed by a line of legs from dancing girls which are visible from the rising curtain in this small scale reproduction of the Muppet Theatre.
A slew of Muppets are featured in this display. Among them are Statler and Waldorf in a recreation of their Balcony. Also seated in box seats are Beauregard, the Newsman, Pops, Lew Zealand, the Swedish Chef, and the Singing Food.
The window poem read, "At The Music Hall, time for that fabulous holiday dance! But with Miss Piggy hogging center stage, no chorus line has a chance."
Window 5 - The Statue of Liberty In a visual reference to the movie "On the Town", Kermit, Fozzie Bear, and Gonzo are dressed in sailor outfits, sitting atop the Statue of Liberty. Beside them, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker are conducting an experiment. Pepe the King Prawn is washing the windows which adorn the crown of the Statue, and Sam the Eagle is in the basket of a hot air balloon that is floating by.
The window poem, spoofing the lyrics of New York! New York! read, "New York! New York! A holiday town! The Bronx is up and the Battery's down! The people here are the greatest around! New York! New York! It's a holiday town!"
Window 6 - Times Square Kermit is atop the One Times Square building, counting down to the new year (a role made famous by Dick Clark). Scooter is with him, filming the revelers below. The Electric Mayhem performs on an adjacent rooftop.
The window poem reads, "It's New Year's Eve! Times Square! Just moments to go! Let's bring in the new year...and look out below!"
Window 7 - Santa's Sleigh
The famed Herald Square entrance to Macy's is represented here in a scaled down version. Penguins, Anything Muppets and the Elvises are gathered at the front door and atop the awning, while Santa's sleigh arrives (a recreation of the famed Thanksgiving Day Parade float).
The window card reads, "Santa Claus is coming to town! It's almost Christmas day! Once he gets Miss Piggy's list, he may need an extra sleigh!"
In 2004, Grover was Macy's holiday ambassador, so to celebrate that, not only the Super Grover balloon that premiered the year prior now lead the parade, A large Grover balloon sat atop of the main entrance to Macy's. The balloon was a representation of the plush Grover that was available exclusively at Macy's that year, and which was featured in less elaborate window displays (which consisted of displays of the plush Grover).
There were similar displays (including the balloon) at other Macy's stores across the country.
After it’s appearance in New York, Macy’s brought the Grover balloon over to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida to promote their annual Macy’s Holiday Parade. It continues to be set up there for every Christmas season, along with other character ambassador balloons.
The windows were part of Macy's annual flower show, and each window featured scenes from the movie, along with fresh flowers.
Macy's also offered exclusive Muppets' Wizard of Oz Plush as part of the promotion.
Window 1 - The Muppets Wizard of Oz
Kermit sits on a park bench underneath a sign for Aunt Em's Diner reading the book "Oz for Dummies". It's a sparse outdoors scene with not much else Muppet wise, but ties into the Macy's annual flower show by displaying a vast array of flowers.
Window 2 - The Munchkin Village
Kermit as The Scarecrow is hanging from a cross which features a crow. Real corn stalks surround him, as well as sunflowers.
Window 4 - The Tin Thing
Gonzo appears as The Tin Thing sitting on some cinder blocks. Behind him is the Yellow Brick Wall and foliage.
Window 5 - The Cowardly Lion
Fozzie appears next as The Cowardly Lion, seeming to leap out at window gazers.
Window 6 - The Gates of Oz
The Cowardly Lion, Tin Thing, and The Scarecrow stand before the Gates of Oz, and are surrounded by multiple large urns of elaborate flower arrangements.