Macy’s Gift to the City of San Francisco and the most recognized Christmas tree will be officially lit in Union Square Friday, November 23, 2012. This year’s beautiful 83-foot re-usable tree will be covered in 33,000 energy-efficient twinkling LED lights. Ceremony begins at 6pm, tree lit by 6:40pm.
Special Performance - Chris Mann from The Voice
Chris Mann will perform music from his new album that will soon be released, “Home for Christmas”, featuring songs such as White Christmas, I’ll Be Home for Christmas and Ave Maria.
Special Performance - Shelby Miguel - from Make-A-Wish Foundation
Shelby Miguel, 17 year old singer and Make-A-Wish Ambassador from the Greater Bay Area will provide a moving performance.
The evening also features musical performances by talented students of The San Francisco School of the Arts, the renowned Glide Ensemble, and more!
Santa Claus to Lead the Countdown
Santa Claus will lead thousands of holiday revelers in a spirited countdown before throwing the switch to light the tree.
For Best Viewing
For the best viewing location, stop by Union Square early to stake out your spot, or make a reservation at Burger Bar in Macy’s Union Square. The ceremony begins at 6pm and the tree is scheduled to be lit at 6:40pm.
Macy’s will offer the unique 2012 Aflac Holiday Duck as a collectible holiday plush gift, with 100 percent of proceeds from Bay Area Macy’s benefiting local children’s hospitals. The Aflac Holiday Duck was created by a patient at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center.
“Macy’s is proud to continue the tradition of giving the Great Tree in Union Square, celebrating the magic of the holidays and the start of the holiday season”, said District Vice President Lori Randolph. “Here at Macy’s, a big part of our holiday spirit is in giving, not just to our loved ones, but also giving back to our communities. This year marks the fifth year of the Macy’s “Believe” campaign in partnership with Make-A-Wish®, inviting children of all ages to mail letters to Santa using Macy’s Santa Mail letterboxes. Macy’s donates $1 for each letter mailed in store, up to $1 million, to Make-A-Wish, bringing the holiday spirit to children throughout the year.”
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at more than 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Macy’s stores and macys.com offer distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Building on a 150-year tradition, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities that make a difference in the lives of our customers.