Tuesday, November 18, 2014

See You at the Macy's, Downtown Crossing in Boston Tree Lighting on November 28th at 5PM #Sponsored @Macys

Disclosure: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

When it comes to the holidays, do you have family traditions that you do each year?  Being from the Boston area and having family still in MA, I have grown up getting into the holiday spirit by attending tree lightings in Boston.  My favorite of few that we never miss is the one at Macy's at Downtown Crossing.  If you have ever been to Boston or live in that area of Downtown crossing, then you know that it is set off from the main road and has a cobblestone type feel to the road.  And, when the holiday season is in full swing, the streets are filled with people shopping until they drop, food vendors (my personal favorite is the roasted peanuts truck) and pop up vendor carts selling holiday ware.  If you are lucky to plan your shopping around the Macy's tree lighting then you are in for a treat. 

This year, will be a little somber as we recently lost a staple to Boston, Mayor Menino.  Even though he was not the mayor anymore, he still made appearances for most of the Boston area events, including the Macy's tree lighting.  But, I know that he will be watching down on Boston and enjoying the Christmas carols that will be sung by the The Boston's Children's Choir at the tree lighting.

I don't know about you, but I can't get enough of holiday music.  As soon as they started playing it on Nov. 1st, my car's stereo has been tuned to this channel.  I also have the radio in the kitchen playing Christmas tunes as I made meals and clean.  I am so looking forward to hearing the The Boston's Children's Choir, who will be getting revelers excited about the tree lighting counting. 

This year is extra special as my girls will be coming with us.  They were a little young last year and not fans of the cold. But, now they want to partake in all the Christmas festivities, including the famous Macy's Tree Lighting at Downtown Crossing Boston, which will take place on November 28th.  If you are familiar with this event, then you know you will want to plan accordingly and get there early to get a good spot.  We usually arrive into the Boston area around noon time, do a little shopping, then grab lunch or early dinner and then head over to Downtown Crossing to enjoy Macy's window unveilings and a visit from Santa Claus.  Stay tuned, as I will be sharing photos of their windows on my Facebook and Instagram accounts on the night of tree lighting, as well as the Macy's tree lit and glowing in all it beauty.  

There will also be fun holiday activities taking place inside the Macy's store beginning at 12 noon and running up until the tree lighting, including a meet and greet with Santa, storytelling and more.  Here is a schedule of happenings at Macy's on the 28th, so that you can plan a full day around the 5PM tree lighting, with fun things to do with the kids and getting in a little holiday shopping, too! :-)

"It wouldn't be the most wonderful time of the year without our spectacular window displays and Christmas tree! And this season they're better and more magical than ever, so join us for the unveiling and light up ceremony, then stick around for a lineup of star-studded performances and festive fun!"
Kids' Department, 5th Floor, 12pm: Pop into the Kids' Department for activities perfect for the whole family! Local children's book author Stuart J. Murphy will read from Missing Mittens, a part of his award-winning MathStart series, and afterwards he'll sign copies of the book.
2pm: Bring your camera for a pic with Santa Claus and his elves! There'll be special surprises for kids of all ages, so put on your party hat and join the celebration!

Summer Street at 5pm: Check out the stage as we get things started with performances by Macy's iHeart Radio contest winners Before You Exit, America's Got Talent Season 9 Finalists and Boston University alums Sons of Serendip, and The Boston Children's Choir. Then, join The Honorable Mayor Marty Walsh, basketball start Brandon Bass and the man of the hour, Santa Claus, for the grand reveal. After the show and Tree Lighting, head inside to meet our celebrity lineup and discover more holiday cheer!

If you are in the Boston area, or want to plan a weekend to the city, why not plan to visit on November 28th and take in the Macy's Tree Lighting.  The switch will be flipped at exactly 5PM, so make sure you get your spot and enjoy!  And, heck, sing along to the Christmas carols, as it really does make the whole evening that much more fun and memorable.  :-)

I hope to see you at the tree lighting! And, Happy Holidays!

Click here if you need directions to Macy's in Boston -- http://l.macys.com/boston-ma.  If you plan to come into the city for the event, I highly suggest you park your car in or around the Boston Common and then take the T, orange line to Downtown Crossing.  It lets you out right across the street from Macy's.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere has provided me with compensation for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

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