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Santa’s coming to town, but you’ll need to reserve a spot to see him

NEW YORK — 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.

Some shoppers said that the reservations will take away from the spontaneity and excitement of this holiday tradition, and they worry that having to make this all-important appointment will make the season even more stressful.

If the new policy is already bringing out your inner humbug, the good news is Reservations will only be required at the Herald Square location.

There are nine kiosks set up at the store’s Santaland on the eighth floor for walk-ins. You can book your slot beginning Monday  November 20th for times between Black Friday and December 24th.

Associated Press contributed to this report.