Down­town to get in Christ­mas spirit

Boston Herald - - NEWS -

`Tis the sea­son — no mat­ter what Scrooges say about hold­ing off the hol­i­day cheer un­til Thanks­giv­ing. So we have no hes­i­ta­tion in telling you that Macy’s in Down­town Cross­ing is help­ing the Hub get in the spirit with a day of fam­ily fun and its an­nual tree light­ing cer­e­mony. On Fri­day, Nov. 24, the Washington Street depart­ment store is host­ing an all-day event to start the count­down un­til Christ­mas. Out­side on Sum­mer Street, Macy's will be re­veal­ing its daz­zling hol­i­day decor at 5 p.m., in­clud­ing its fes­tively adorned win­dows.

In ad­di­tion to the dec­o­ra­tion un­veil­ing, the store will light its mas­sive Christ­mas tree atop its roof, along­side the Macy's sign. To en­hance that joy­ous fuzzy feel­ing we only get around the hol­i­days — or when watch­ing videos of sleepy pup­pies — Macy's will be putting on a show with a slew of mu­si­cal per­for­mances.

The Bos­ton Chil­dren’s Choir is slated to be there to sing and si­mul­ta­ne­ously warm our hearts. We can also ex­pect to see Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and mu­sic leg­end Dar­lene Love as part of the magic, per­haps grac­ing us with her clas­sic sta­ple, “Christ­mas (Baby Please Come Home).” And then, there's singer-song­writ­ers Bea Miller and Sam Tsui, who are both plan­ning on tak­ing part in the fes­tiv­i­ties.

The crown­ing event, of course, is when Macy's will il­lu­mi­nate the evening sky with its epic dis­play of tree lights. New Eng­land Pa­triot Mike Gil­lislee, Mayor Marty Walsh and, nat­u­rally, Santa Claus are all an­tic­i­pated to be there to do the hon­ors of over­see­ing the tree-light­ing cer­e­mony. After­wards, guests are in­vited to head in­side Macy's for warmth — and for pix with all of the special guests.

Start­ing at noon, Macy's will also be wel­com­ing folks to par­tic­i­pate in some whole­some ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing face paint­ing and bal­loon art.

Elves are in­cluded.


Brady Cush­man, above right, and brother Lo­gan of Pe­abody en­joyed last year’s Macy’s Christ­mas Tree light­ing in Down­town Cross­ing, com­plete with a Santa Claus sight­ing, left.

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