A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas, commonly known as A Christmas Carol, is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall in 1843 and illustrated by John Leech. A Christmas Carol recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man.
History with the Macy's Parade
Despite the extreme popularity of the novel, as well as film and play adaptions, the Parade has only housed two floats based on the novel. The first float debuted in 1995 and was used to promote Madison Square Garden's performance of the play. Interestingly, the float had been recycled from The Addams Family float, which itself had been refurbished twice, once in 1978 as The Loch Ness Monster float, and again in 1975 as The Old Country Village. The float featured a facade of a London building, similar to that of Big Ben, decorated with Christmas garlands and lights. The main cast of the play also appeared on the float. This float was retired the same year. Despite a float not being uniquely made for the 2001 Parade, the cast and chorale of the Radio City Music Hall's production, which was to debut the day following the Parade, rode aboard the Bountiful Harvest Cornucopia float.
The following year, in 2002, Radio City Entertainment sponsored a new float based on their then-current production of A Christmas Carol. The float, much like the 1995 float, featured a Big Ben-esque tower at the rear of the float. Below, a platform is decorated with garland and is made to resemble the Fizzywig's annual Christmas ball. At the very base of the float, the Cratchits enjoy a minimalist Christmas dinner. The float was retired after the 2003 Parade, and it has yet to make another appearance.