Great Tree Lighting: Our 110th Annual Holiday Event in Chicago

The magic of the season is one of the great gifts our company gives to the country. We are thrilled to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the Great Tree Lighting, a tradition that so many generations have enjoyed in Chicago’s most beautiful flagship store.

The 45-feet-tall tree hangs from the ceiling of the Walnut Room in the Macy’s on State Street in Chicago. Our teams spent 72 hours constructing, lighting, and decorating the tree – which features more than 2,000 ornaments and 6,600 sparkling lights. This year’s lighting ceremony featured three performances by Jordan Smith, the best-selling artist in NBC’s The Voice history, including a beautiful rendition of Silent Night.

The Great Tree lighting also marks the start of another beloved Macy’s tradition – our Believe Campaign, which inspires customers and Associates to join Macy’s and Make-A-Wish in granting the wishes of children fighting life-threatening medical conditions. Joining CEO Jeff Gennette and VP Store Manager Kim Groth to light this year’s tree were 6-year old Jack and his brother Sean.

Watch the video to join in on the magic of the tree lighting anniversary.


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