The multiplatinum artist is one three performers headlining the lighting of the 60-foot white pine from Mableton. On the show with him are vocalist Chris Mann and Nickelodeon star and recording artist Cymphonique Miller.
The Macy’s All-Star Holiday Choir of siblings, couples and multigenerational families singing and sharing their favorite holiday songs
and the Macy’s All-Star Cheer Squad of 10- to 17-year-old young ladies from Marietta-based Sting Rays Competitive Cheer Gym will round out the performers at the event.
More than 100,000 people are expected to attend the 7-to-8 p.m. event, and another 500,000 will watch the live broadcast on WSB-TV, which will be hosted by news anchor Jovita Moore and meteorologist David Chandley.
The 35-year-old tree weighs 14,000 pounds and will have 8.2 miles of circuit wiring throughout to keep all of the lights bright.
It will be decorated with 1,200 multicolored metallic basketball-sized ornaments, 100 Macy’s stars, 100 white snowflakes, 50 flashing strobe lights, 400 internally lit ornaments, 4,000 11-watt bulbs, and a color-changing Macy’s star.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta patients Millie Baldwin and Myles Horton from the Aflac Cancer Center will help Santa “flip the switch” to light the tree.
A pre-show concert featuring behind-the-scenes interviews and performances by the evening’s entertainers begins at 6:15 p.m.
Michael Krauter, Macy’s president and regional director of stores, said the annual Macy’s Great Tree Lighting once again will bring the holiday spirit to Atlanta with a talented choir, All-star Cheer Squad and the magical message of the season.
“For over six decades, the Macy’s Great Tree Lighting has created a much anticipated magical experience for the city of Atlanta on Thanksgiving night,” he said.
Adkins, an oil rigger-turned-country star, is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and author of “A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions From a Freethinking Roughneck.”
He has charmed audiences as a finalist on NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice,” and next month he will be co-host of “The American Country Music Awards” on Fox for the third consecutive year.
His “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” was voted the No. 2 Video of the Decade by CMT.
He is currently preparing his 11th studio album, which will feature the new American anthem, “Tough People Do.”
Mann, who was a 2011 finalist on the NBC reality show “The Voice,” has gone from Christina Aguilera’s team to signing to Faircraft/Universal Republic, a new label formed by renowned producer/music executive Ron Fair.
He also is releasing his major label debut, “Roads,” that boasts a wildly eclectic assortment of songs, ranging from Willie Nelson’s “Always on My Mind” and Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” to “Ave Maria” and Damien Rice’s “The Blowers’ Daughter” that features a special guest appearance from coach Aguilera.
Cymphonique, who currently stars on her own Nickelodeon show, “How to Rock,” sings, dances and writes songs.
The series premiered in February and quickly amassed a teen audience of 3.3 million viewers.
Last year at 14, Cymphonique was nominated for BET’s best hip-hop female artist for her song “All That.”
The daughter of Percy Miller, aka Master P, recently wrapped up a 2012 summer tour with her group, the Fabulous Girls, where they opened for her brother, Lil Romeo.
The Macy’s tree lighting celebration at the Lenox Square mall will be capped off with a fantastic fireworks finale set to holiday music.
Parking is limited, and families are encouraged to use MARTA.