"American Idol" winner Scott McCreery and Grammy-award-winning gospel duo Mary Mary will lead an all-star lineup of performers at the annual lighting of s great tree on Thanksgiving night at Lenox Square in Buckhead.
Along with McCreery, who won season 10's "American Idol" title in May, and the gospel duo of siblings Erica and Tina Campbell, performers include Georgia dancer Melanie Moore, season eight winner of "So You Think You Can Dance."
The show will also feature 11-year-old rising country singer Erica Nicole of Atlanta and Macy’s All-Star Holiday Choir with special guest Timothy Miller, a tenor from the Atlanta Opera. In addition, Macy’s All Star Cheer Squad will perform, according to an announcement from Macy's.
The 64th annual ceremony that began at the old Rich's store in downtown Atlanta will be from 7-8 p.m. Nov. 24. A pre-show concert with interview and performances begins at 6:15 p.m., according to a news release. After the tree lighting, the audience will be treated to a a fireworks display set to holiday music.
More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the event, with more than 500,000 more to watch the live broadcast on WSB-TV, which will be hosted by WSB Channel 2 Action News anchor Monica Pearson and Channel 2 meteorologist David Chandley. Limited parking will be available, however using MARTA is encouraged.
For more than seven years, patients of the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta have served as the honorary tree-lighters, the news release said. Aflac Cancer Center patients Gabrielesimone Washington and Lana Turner will be this year's honorees.
The tree is a 60-foot white pine that weighs approximately 11,000 pounds and is estimated to be 26 years old. It will glow with 100 Macy’s stars and 100 white snowflakes along with 1,200 multi-colored metallic basketball-sized ornaments, the news release said. The tree will have 50 flashing strobe lights, 400 internally lit ornaments, 4,000 11-watt bulbs and will be topped with a color-changing Macy’s star. The tree will have 8.2 miles of circuit wiring throughout.