Elf is a musical based on the motion picture of the same name, with a score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin. The book is adapted by Bob Martin and Thomas Meehan from the 2003 film. The musical ran on Broadway in the Christmas seasons of 2010-11 and 2012–13, and also toured the U.S. in 2012. A new tour launched in 2014.


William "Buddy" Hobbs, a young orphan child, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported back to the North Pole. Years later, Buddy finds out that he's an ordinary human being and heads off to New York City in search of his father, Walter Hobbs.

He finds him, but Walter doesn't believe in the spirit of Christmas, nor do many other New Yorkers. This is a problem, because Santa's sleigh is powered by the people's belief in Christmas.

Faced with the harsh reality that Walter is on the naughty list and his half-brother, Michael, doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his birth family and help New York City remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Macy's Parade appearances

During the summer of 2010, in the months leading up to the musical's box office opening, the Charlie the Elf novelty balloon would be placed upon the marquee of the Al Hirschfeld Theatre to promote the show.

Months later, the cast of Elf would perform for the first time in Macy's Parade history. The cast would perform "Sparklejollytwinklejingley".

Two years later in 2012, the cast would once again perform at the Macy's Parade, now performing the Act 2 song, "The Story of Buddy the Elf". Since this appearance, the cast of Elf has yet to make another appearance at the Macy's Parade.

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