PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The darkened windows in Macy’s downtown department store will soon glow with excitement.

An exhibit designer was making last-minute adjustments Thursday, as Santa-clad skaters circle a rink in the shadow of a snowman balloon reminiscent of the Macy’s parade in New York.

But most of the windows retain a Pittsburgh theme.

“This is the Kaufmann’s clock window, and the Kaufmann’s clock is such an important tradition,” says visual manager Lisa Zwirn.

She says Macy’s is continuing a Kaufmann’s legacy that began generations ago.

“It’s been a long-time tradition, and that was one of the things that, when we became Macy’s, they wanted to continue that tradition for the city,” said Zwirn.

A towering Christmas tree sparkles in reflected glass towers, as skaters cruise the rink at PPG Place.

Vice President Store Manager Joe Hiadiuk says this is what families come to see.

“It’s one of those family affairs where moms and dads have been bringing their kids down for generations,” he said. “It just goes to show the true meaning of the holidays here at Macy’s downtown. It’s one of our favorite things that we do.”

How long does it take to install? Depends on how you look at it.

“The installation takes a couple of weeks, but actually it’s a year-long process,” Zwirn said.

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