Published on November 11th, 2015 |


Macy’s artificial ‘Great Tree’ lighting event moves to Sunday Nov. 22

There’s another major change coming this year to Atlanta’s, and Buckhead’s, biggest Thanksgiving tradition—the lighting of Macy’s “Great Tree”. The event will not be on Thanksgiving night this year and, after decades of real Georgia-grown live trees, the tree will be “artificial” again this year.

The lighting of the tree at Macy’s Lenox Square location is being moved to the Sunday before the holiday.

“For the 68th annual event, Atlantans will be able to kick off their holiday festivities early as Macy’s will light the Great Tree atop their Lenox Square store on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m.,” the company said in a prepared statement.

Song-writer and actress Jordin Sparks will headline the event. A pre-show concert featuring performances by the Mercy Me Christian band, Sarah Smith Elementary School choir and others, along with behind the scenes interviews by the evening’s entertainers will begin at 6 p.m.

The show will as usual be televised by WSB-TV and fireworks will be held after the tree lighting. The Great Tree will be on display Nov. 22 through Jan. 2.

As for the reasons for the “artificial” tree again this year after the tradition of real trees was broken in 2013, the promotions and events group that works with Macy’s each year on the event told the Neighborhood Planning Unit-B board Oct. 6 “there were environmental concerns” involved.

Another reason, however, was the accident in 2012 that resulted in the very heavy natural tree cracking and crashing through the roof of the Macy’s store. Promoters are sure that will not happen again with the lighter artificial tree.

The lights will still shine brightly, the holiday message will remain strong tens of thousands will turn out for another entertaining tree lighting night.

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