A Thanksgiving night tradition is moving to another night.

The 68th Lighting of the Great Tree at Macy’s at Lenox Square will move from Thanksgiving night to Sunday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. The lighting of the tree began at the old Rich’s department store in Downtown and was moved to Buckhead after the stores merged.

A press release from Macy’s said Atlantans “will be able to kick off their holiday festivities early” with the change in date.

“Macy’s will celebrate this most magical time of the year with a show that the Atlanta community eagerly awaits every year,” said Michael Krauter, Macy’s president and regional director of stores. “Our Atlanta tree lighting has gone through many evolutions and we are proud to have kept this tradition alive throughout these changes for the past 68 years.”

American Idol’s Jordin Sparks will be the headliner for the event this year, which will also feature other musical entertainment starting at 6 p.m. and a big fireworks show following the lighting of the tree.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

7 replies on “Macy’s Great Tree Lighting moved to Nov. 22”

  1. First they move the event. Then they quit having only local groups perform. Then they quit having a real tree and started having an artificial tree. Now they are moving the event to another day. I think it is just a matter of time before Macy’s decides to do away with the Great Tree all together.

  2. As a participant in this night, I wanted to share a positive perspective. For years, we have had to compete with the NY parade for talent. Some of them could not participate in the ATL lighting because they couldn’t be in town or they couldn’t participate in the dress rehearsal the night before. This eliminates that problem allowing us to have more talent available to us. Also, on a more personal note, for the past 2 years, I could not be a part of the Macy’s holiday choir because of other conflicts. Because of the change, I now can. Yes it was a tradition to have it on Thanksgiving, but just because it changes days doesn’t mean the traditional event and it’s symbolism has to be seen any differently. (I agree — the real tree part bothered me a little last year, but what good will it do to complain). So let’s enjoy the lights and the joy of the season that this event brings. Enjoy the show.

  3. It was bad enough Macys that you no longer had a Great Tree and put up an ugly artificial LED lighted tree!!! Now destroying a Thanksgiving night tradition that so many families (including mine) looked forward to every year after our family meal together!!! Very disappointed in Macys putting an extra dollar spent in their stores ahead of Family and Tradition. I also say Shame on You Macys 🙁

  4. Did not know they had moved this event until my dog started growling and barking at loud rumblings. Out of curiosity I ran to the door where he really started howling. I couldn’t figure who or what would be shooting firework. then I said to my husband hey I think I heard something about the Macy’s tree lighting be changed. He googled and yep that’s what it was…I was like darn we missed it. But hey I was never in all my thirty something years living here going after thanksgiving to that event. So I am actually going next year. Thanks for changing it!

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