Macy’s magic was felt throughout the crowd at the 68th annual Macy’s Great Tree Lighting ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015. Thousands of Atlantans were treated to a headline performance by Grammy®-nominated multi-platinum artist and American Idol winner Jordin Sparks who earlier in the day paid a visit to young patients at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center in the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. While there, she took photos with the children, handed out gift bags and even serenaded them with a few of her hit singles.
American Music Award winners and Grammy®-nominated MercyMe and Idol alum and Dove Award nominee Danny Gokey, along with the Macy’s All-Star Holiday Choir, Macy’s Great Tree Children’s Choir and the Macy’s Magical Stars also performed at the tree-lighting ceremony.
For the last decade, young patients have served as the honorary tree-lighters. Lending a hand to “flip the switch” and illuminate the Macy’s Great Tree were Katheryn Brezina and Joel Littleton, patients of the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Center in Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The celebration ended with a fantastic fireworks finale set to holiday music.
The tree, which stands 56-feet tall atop the roof of the Macy’s at Lenox Square Mall, is adorned with 45,000 LED lights, more than eight miles of light strings and a giant star, and will be on display through Jan. 2, 2016.