For the 10th year in a row, Macy’s City Creek Center kicked off the holiday season Thursday with a private unveiling of its annual Holiday Candy Windows. The windows will be available for public viewing beginning Friday.
Made by four artists from the Salt Lake City area, the one-of-a-kind candy ornament creations feature hundreds of pounds of sweets arranged around the theme “Tiptoe,” a lovable reindeer who is afraid to fly. The Holiday Candy Windows are a tradition that originated at the ZCMI Center in the 1970s.
In addition, Macy’s celebrated its Believe campaign, which in partnership with Make-A-Wish helps give the gift of joy to children with critical illnesses, by inviting 6-year-old Evelyn and her family to enjoy a sneak peek of the windows. Evelyn’s wish to dance as Clara in “The Nutcracker” will be granted by Make-A-Wish Utah this December.
Macy’s and Make-A-Wish also are giving believers of all ages the opportunity to send letters and deliver wishes. Now through Dec. 24, Macy’s will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish (up to $1 million) for every letter sent to Santa online at macys.com/believe or written at a Believe mailbox station located in Macy’s stores nationwide.
The artists that created this year’s display are:
- Neil Brown, a creative director for a Salt Lake-based property development company for which he is responsible for video production, motion graphics, marketing and web design for commercial and residential properties.
- Steph Dahle, a graphic designer with a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design from Utah Valley University who began her design journey with an internship in Brooklyn, New York, but returned to Utah and has lived and worked here ever since.
- Holly Jones, a surface pattern designer and illustrator whose designs and illustrations have been sold on products found at Target, Walmart, West Elm, American Greetings, Trader Joe’s, FAO Schwarz and more.
- Jeff Rollo, an information technology project coordinator and self-described culinary architect from Spanish Fork. He is a tenor for the Original Dickens Carolers of Utah and runs a small business called FruitWorx providing custom carved fruit sculptures for many occasions.