Macy's gift to the City of San Francisco - Macy's 26th Annual Tree Lighting will take place in Union Square Park between Sutter and Post and Geary and Stockton Streets, right across from the front of Macy's.
The tree will be decorated with more than 33,000 twinkling energy-efficient LED lights and 1,100 shining ornaments.
Scheduled Lighting of the Tree - 6:40pm
San Francisco's most recognized Christmas tree will be lit at the end of the ceremony, around 6:40 p.m.
It's a great day for Christmas shopping as many sales are geared to this special day - Black Friday.
Headlining the festivities is Jordin Sparks, American singer, songwriter and actress. In 2007, Sparks rose to fame after winning the sixth season of American Idol; at age 17, she became the youngest winner in the series' history. Sparks' third studio album titled Right Here, Right Now, was released in August 2015. Also performing is Vocal Rush from the Oakland School of the Arts, the Transcendence Theatre Company and the Contra Costa Children's Chorus.
For Best Viewing
For the best viewing location, stop by Union Square early to stake out your spot. One tip is to manage to get a spot at the Cheesecake Factory - top of Macy's which looks down over Union Square. They have outdoor dining with heat lamps and the view to the ice rink and skaters is spectacular.
The ceremony is expected to begin at 6pm and the tree is scheduled to be lit at 6:40pm.
Those inspired by the Union Square Great Tree can visit the festive Holiday Lane on the seventh floor of Macy's Union Square to see lavishly decorated Christmas trees, thousands of ornaments, and other embellishments for the home. The holidays would not be the same without a visit to Santa. Old St. Nick will listen to holiday wishes and be available for portraits in Macy's Santaland, also on the seventh floor, starting Friday, November 27 through December 24.
Macy's Believe + Make-A-Wish Foundation
This year marks the eighth anniversary of the Macy's Believe campaign in partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, inviting children of all ages to mail letters to Santa using Macy's Santa Mail letter-boxes. The Macy's Believe mailbox is located on the 7th floor in the Macy's Union Square store. All the mail that is put in that mailbox is sent directly to Santa at the North Pole. And, for every letter, Macy's will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation up to $1 million.
For the last 15 years, Aflac has partnered with Macy's to provide holiday happiness. The 2015 Aflac Holiday Duck is available for purchase in two sizes, 6-inch for $10 and 10-inch for $15. 100% of net proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer hospitals across the country. The ducks are available at Macy's, macys.com, and aflacducprints.com.
Life Unfolds - SharePackage for Children in Local Children's Hospita
To celebrate the season of giving, the Paper and Packaging - How Life Unfolds campaign, in conjunction with Macy's, is offering #sharepackage, a pre-paid, pre-addressed postal box guests can fill for children in local children's hospitals over the holidays. Paper and packaging play a major role during the holidays, often bringing loved ones together. Share a picture of your #sharepackage giving on social media to help spread cheer to children and families away from home at the holidays. Available at Macy's Great Tree Lighting.
"Macy's is proud to continue the tradition of giving the Great Tree in Union Square, heralding the start of the holiday season", said District Vice President Jane Mitchell. "Here at Macy's, a big part of our holiday spirit is giving, not just to our loved ones, but also giving back to our communities. The tree is our annual gift to the city of San Francisco, bringing the nostalgia and magic of the holidays to residents and visitors alike."
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.