See how the 160-foot-tall downtown star is installed for the holidays. The tradition started back in 1957 at The Bon Marché.
It usually takes about two days for workers to check the bulbs, assemble the arms and secure it to the building.
The 160-foot-tall, 60-foot-wide star has 3,800 bulbs along its 32 arms, completed by a large 1,000-watt metal halide center bulb, and is lit all day and night from the day after Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.
The original star was designed by Seattle Bon Marché employee Bob James in 1957 and has been a local tradition ever since.
It has been lit every year except for 1973, when businesses and residences were asked to cut electricity use because of an energy crisis.
Going to the ceremony? Here’s what you need to know.