We can't wait to see you at San Francisco's favorite holiday tradition!

The holidays are the perfect time to celebrate the joy that animals bring to our lives every day. This year, the San Francisco SPCA will bring the magic to Macy’s Holiday Windows. 

Watch the Cuteness Live

Livestream the magic of the windows this holiday season.



Did you know that we help nearly three quarters of our adoptable animals overcome medical challenges in our Shelter Medicine department before they can be adopted? Medical care is just one of many ways the SF SPCA has made a difference in the lives of thousands of animals every year for the last 151 years. 

As an independent, local nonprofit, we rely on charitable giving to help animals and their people. Donations from people like you ensure animals like those in the windows receive the help they need and the loving homes they deserve. Give today and your gift will be matched.  

Holiday Windows Fun Facts

  • Macy’s was the first department store to feature Christmas window displays and has been enchanting generations of spectators since the early 1870’s.
  • R.H. Macy began the tradition of animated windows in 1899 at Macy’s original 14th Street location in New York.
  • During peak hours during the holiday season, thousands of people will pass by the windows.
  • In 2010 the windows at Macy’s Union Square were noted as one of the “10 Great Places to Press Your Against the Glass”.
  • Nearly 10,000 dogs and cats have found new homes from the Holiday Windows
  • Four out of the six windows are built with solely for the animal’s comfort, featuring temperature control and quick access for SF SPCA personnel.
  • Each Christmas window display is a project nearly a year in the making as plans for the next year’s windows begin in January, almost immediately after the windows are taken down.
  • It takes a dedicated team of more than 250 of Santa’s helpers to bring the windows to life including Macy’s display artists, graphic artists, sculptural artists, animators, carpenters, electricians and music and sound experts.
  • Installation of the Christmas windows takes 21 days and nights.
  • The windows will run through January 1, 2021.

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