Macy’s Lights Up Local Communities

The holidays are when Macy’s shines brightest – literally. We lit up giant holiday trees in communities around the country, including Chicago, Atlanta and San Francisco​. Here’s how we celebrated Macy’s Great Tree Lightings:

State Street | Chicago 

On Saturday, Nov. 3, Macy’s on State Street celebrated the 111th Great Tree lighting in the iconic Walnut Room. The lighting of the magnificent 45-foot tree is an annual holiday tradition for Chicago families, many carrying the tradition from generation to generation. America's Got Talent runner-up Angelica Hale performed and helped light the tree alongside Ethan, a very special Make-A-Wish® child to kick-off Macy’s Believe campaign and the holiday season. The festivities continued as passersby on State Street witnessed the unveiling of Macy’s 51st Annual Holiday Window display. This beloved holiday event embodies all that Macy’s does best – celebration, tradition and togetherness.

Fun Facts: 

The Great Tree stands 45-feet-tall and hangs from the ceiling versus sitting on its base. Since the tree hangs from the ceiling, the very first piece to be installed is the star that sits on top. Section by section, the team steadily lifts, constructs and decorates the tree from the top down until completed. The installation process takes approximately six days – from the removal of the Walnut Room Fountain to when the tree is complete and ready for the Great Tree Lighting.

Lenox Square | Atlanta

On Sunday, Nov.18, Macy’s Lenox Square celebrated its 71st Annual Great Tree Lighting, an iconic holiday tradition in Atlanta. The celebration featured live performances by platinum recording artist Russell Dickerson, American singer-songwriter Adrienne Bailon Houghton, GRAMMY Award-winning Christian singer Francesca Battistelli and “The Voice” finalist Kyla Jade. The event concluded with a fantastic fireworks finale set to holiday music – a moving and memorable way to kick off the holiday season! Macy’s Atlanta Great Tree will be lit through Jan. 1, 2019.

Fun Facts:

The 56 foot, 7,000 pound tree takes two days to install and shines throughout the holiday season over Macy’s Lenox Square with more than 45,000 multi-colored LED lights that spans more than eight miles draped around the tree.

​Union Square ​| San Francisco

On Friday, Nov. 23, Macy’s kicked off the holiday season with its 29th Annual Great Tree Lighting Ceremony in Union Square Park. The event began with a series of live musical performances by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Darlene Love, the American Conservatory Theater's renowned Young Conservatory, the San Francisco Boys’ Chorus, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and the cast of Mary Poppins from the San Francisco Playhouse.

The evening culminated with the presentation of Macy’s annual gift to San Francisco – its most recognized tree – a beautiful, reusable, 83-foot tree decorated with more than 33,000 twinkling energy-efficient LED lights and 1,100 shining ornaments.

Image of The Great Tree at Union Square lit for the holiday season.


Check out this time lapse video to watch the magic unfold from start to finish​:


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