The Christmas holiday season in Atlanta officially kicks off with the 65th annual Lighting of Macy’s Great Tree at Lenox Square in Buckhead on Thanksgiving night. The evening gets under way at 6:15 p.m. with entertainment from country music star Trace Adkins, The Voice finalist Chris Mann and Nickelodeon star  Cymphonique Miller. A fireworks show will take place right after the tree is lit.

This year’s tree is a 60-foot white pine from Mableton and weighs approximately 14,000 pounds and is estimated to be 35 years old. For more than eight years, young patients of the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta have served as the honorary tree-lighters. Helping to ‘flip the switch’ and illuminate the Macy’s Great Tree this year are Aflac Cancer Center patients Millie Baldwin and Myles Horton.

There will be limited parking, so officials are encouraging visitors to take MARTA to the Lenox Square station.

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.