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Santa's in town? You need a reservation this year

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Posted at 10:22 AM, Nov 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-19 10:28:24-05

NEW YORK (AP) — Santa Claus may be coming to town, but you'll need a reservation to see him.

At Macy's flagship store in New York, a chance to sit on Saint Nick's lap is by appointment only this year, for the first time ever. Starting Monday, eager families can go online to sign up for a time slot from 30 minutes to five days in advance. Admission is free to Santaland Herald Square. Professional photo packages start at $20.99.

Macy's says the system was designed to cut down on wait times that got very long, especially during the busiest days. The department store says families can cancel a reservation and make a new one at any time. And they say don't be too early or late for the time slot.