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Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerO Christmas tree

Stars to shine atop around Macys Union Square Christmas tree

Chris Mann, the popular finalist from the second season of NBC’s “The Voice,” will belt out his classically trained voice in Union Square tonight. However, the headliner of the event will be a Christmas tree.

The lighting of the 83-foot-tall tree in Union Square will happen around 6:40 p.m., organizers say, with the celebration beginning 40 minutes earlier.

Organizers of the Macy’s 23rd Annual Great Tree Lighting Ceremony actually brag that the tree isn’t real anymore. It is reusable, environmentally friendly and takes five whole days to assemble, they said.

Carlton Christmas Trees, a company located in Shasta County’s unincorporated town of Burney, has been storing the tree for its second consecutive appearance at Union Square.

The tree is expected to sparkle just as brightly. It will be peppered with 33,000 energy-efficient LED lights, organizers said, and also 1,700 strobe lights that reportedly provide an added “sparkling effect.”

And don’t forget the more than 1,100 shining ornaments, Macy’s officials said.

Crowds are expected to swarm the area for a glimpse. They’ll also be there to hear Mann, the opera singer who signed a record deal shortly after placing fourth on “The Voice.” His debut album, “Roads,” was released Oct. 30.

Also performing are the Glide Ensemble from Ruth Asawa School of the Arts and 17-year-old songstress Shelby Miguel, a youth ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

None of the artists — not even Mann — get to light the tree. That perk, organizers said, goes to Santa Claus.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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