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1996 Original Wanamaker Light Show 2 of 2

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Uploaded on Nov 28, 2009

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gV6qol...

For full history of the Wanamaker Light Show: http://www.wanamakerorgan.com/xmas.php

June 21 1995, the Wanamaker franchise was acquired by the May Company after which the Wanamaker's name was removed from the Philadelphia store and replaced with Hecht's.

Like many in Philadelphia, my family had made it a tradition to go see the Wanamaker Light Show every year. Fearing that the new owners would discontinue the light show, my Dad brought our newly purchased VHS camcorder to the Grand Court, sat on the floor, and captured the light show in its full glory preserving it, at least, in our family forever. Fortunately, Macy's has realized the Philadelphia treasure that is the light show, and has ensured its survival with LED, installation, and computer system upgrades.

This video is from 1996 and presents the light show as many remember it; with the Dancing Water fountains, incandescent lights, the original Magic Christmas Tree, and the March of the Toys segment that is absent from the light show today (introduced in 1985 as a promotion for the Wanamaker Rudi Bears). The only portion missing from this video, unfortunately, is the narration of John Facenda. The original narration contained the Wanamaker name in the opening message, and was therefore re-recorded with a similar sounding male voice to align with the Hechts renaming. The Wanamaker Organ did not play during the finale, I suspect they did not play the organ for each finale as they do today.

Christmas in the Grand Tradition!

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