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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.