Macys announces 112th Annual Great Tree lighting

Macys announces 112th Annual Great Tree lighting
The Great Tree in the Walnut Room 2014. Photo, Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

A holiday tradition for over a century

If you lived in Chicago or ever visited during the winter holiday season, seeing the Great Tree at Macy’s (formerly Marshall Field’s) is most likely a treasured childhood memory.

Since the beginning parents brought their children, the children grew-up and brought their children, grandparents and even great-grandparents all became part of the party that grew larger each year.

When Macy’s took over Marshall Field’s in 2006, they knew better than to mess with the hallowed tradition. Instead, they embraced it and added even more days to its stay.

The tradition continues at Macy’s State Street store (111 N. State Street) on Saturday, November 2 with a day of holiday related events and activities surrounding the lighting of the “Great Tree.”

Here’s what you need to know to go

What: Macy’s will celebrate the 112th lighting of the Great Tree
When: Noon on Saturday, November 2.
Where: Macy’s State Street Store (111 N. State), 7th floor, Walnut Room
Who: This year’s celebration will include a special appearance by electric violinist Brian King Joseph and a local Make-A-Wish child.

The Great Tree measures 45-feet tall and hangs from the ceiling of the Walnut Room. It is decorated with over 2,000 ornaments and 6,600 sparkling lights.

This year, Macy’s invites customers to Believe in the Wonder that makes the holidays everyone’s favorite time of year.

The Great Tree will emulate this theme through the wonder of giving, with large gifts surrounded by festive silver, gold and red colors.

Holiday windows

Another tradition is the beautifully decorated holiday windows. This year the Holiday Windows at Macy’s State Street will inspire Chicagoans to Believe in the Wonder through the animated story of Sunny the Snowpal and her dedication to making sure Santa’s sleigh travels safely on Christmas Eve.

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