Watch Now: Macy’s Singers Capture the True Spirit of Christmas

Since the first march in 1924, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has captivated audiences with larger-than-life character balloons, signature floats and one-of-a-kind performances. As one of our newest Parade traditions, the Macy’s Singing Christmas Tree returned for its third year, adorned with colleagues who are passionate about spreading Christmas cheer – just in time for the holidays.

The choir included 108 talented Macy’s and Delta Air Lines colleagues who traveled to New York City from stores, offices and facilities across the nation, coming together for the first time just days before the Parade. On Parade morning, they mounted the 38-foot-tall float and made their way down the Parade route to perform another new original song, live in front of 3.5 million spectators in New York City and more than 50 million television viewers nationwide.

Coast to Coast sat down with some of the singers to hear more about their experiences.

Lonzell Cash | LOA Benefits Specialist | Clearwater, FL | Tenor

Second year on the Singing Christmas Tree

From the moment I learned I was chosen to be a part of the Macy’s Singing Christmas Tree, there was a constant undertone of excitement. Not only do I have the honor to work with a high caliber and talented group, but I am now part of Macy’s Elite Singing Christmas Tree Ambassadors, charged with the responsibility of spreading holiday spirit. Being a second-year member, it was a mix of a reunion with our returning Singing Tree family and greeting new members. From the moment our choir sings together, and you hear and feel the beautiful tones and pitches unite, it creates an electrifying synergy. It makes you stand a bit taller being in that moment. After a few days of rehearsals, we have come together to create a beautiful music presentation that we are ready to share with the world. Parade day is amazing, in that you get to share and give thanks to the audience who has braved the elements to come see a top-notch performance. The best moments are meeting your eyes with the audience, sharing the energy of the holiday and connecting with the crowd. They would sing along and you literally can witness the sea of people swaying back and forth. It’s a truly magical moment!

Barbara Meister | Administrative Assistant | Springdale, OH | Alto

Second year on the Singing Christmas Tree

I was able to reconnect with colleagues I had met in 2018, and we were all still exuberantly excited about singing on the tree again. It’s such a thrill and an honor to represent Macy’s, and the friends and relationships I’ve developed through the last couple of years is priceless. To know you are entertaining 3.5 million people on the streets of New York City and over 50 million on TV is still unbelievable to me, and it’s amazing to see all those people waving and welcoming us as we “float” by!

Dave Sampica | Chief Electrician | Minneapolis, MN | Bass

Third year on the Singing Christmas Tree

After learning I had been accepted for year three, I felt honored to be a part of this iconic parade that has continued for 93 years running. On Parade day, you get very pumped up. We rehearsed the songs many times that morning before starting down the parade route. As the float moves slowly up to the starting point, the adrenaline gets higher and higher. Then the next thing you know you are in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, with 3.5 million people on the sidewalk and in the windows of the buildings. The thrill that you get walking and singing continuously down that parade route is like no other. Then suddenly, you are one of the first people to sing a song that was written just for this event, on national TV in front of 50 million viewers. That’s right – you get to be a part of making history while being in one of the most famous parades ever!

Brenda Villagomez | Sales Associate | Oklahoma City, OK | Alto

First year on the Singing Christmas Tree

Being on the float was an amazing experience! Seeing the crowds of people excited and cheering for us as we sang was a proud moment. I lost my voice from all the excitement and singing but it was worth it. I am very thankful for this experience!

Leo Ward | Sales Associate | San Francisco, CA | Tenor

First year on the Singing Christmas Tree

I was elated to hear I had been chosen to sing on this year’s Singing Christmas Tree float! It was an exciting experience from start to finish in New York City. I’m very proud to say that I work for Macy’s!

Check out the video below to see them in action.