December 1st, 2017
December is almost here and Philadelphia has transformed into total happy holiday chaos. The season is an experience of the senses, enthralling folks in a warm and cozy kind of nostalgia that only comes once a year. This is especially true of the beloved Christmas tree: a glowing sight with a fresh pine scent that’s presence can’t help but fill your mind with the sounds of carolers and bells.
Philly is packed with opportunities to indulge in this tradition and witness magnificent displays in their first glorious moments. Tree lighting ceremonies are a fun way to get out in the community, regardless of what holidays you celebrate. There’s plenty coming up in the coming week so we made this detailed list of all the best events residents might want to experience. Have fun getting festive.
Rittenhouse Square- On November 28th you can catch the annual Christmas tree lighting in beautiful Rittenhouse Square. This beloved Philadelphia square is always a charming sight, but during the holidays it becomes magical. The tree lights up at 5 pm and is complemented by 5,000 colorful globes throughout the park.
RiverRink Winterfest- Get in the holiday spirit and take in views of the Delaware River. Blue Cross’ Winterfest returns to Penn’s Landing. There’s plenty of fun activities and the tree lights up on Friday, December 1st. The ceremony is followed by fireworks for a truly spectacular experience.
Adventure Aquarium- Experience a tree lighting like nothing you’ve seen before. On December 1st, Adventure Aquarium is lighting a Christmas tree underwater in their shark tank. The ceremony includes a “scuba Santa”, so this is a great option for families.
South Street Headhouse Winter Wonderland- Philly’s beloved South Street transforms into a Winter Wonderland on Sunday, December 3rd. In addition to the tree lighting, visitors can expect live performances, food vendors, shopping, and more.
Philadelphia Museum of Art- The Philadelphia Museum of Art lights their huge public Christmas tree on Wednesday, November 22nd. The festivities start at 5 pm. Stick around after and explore the museum for pay-what-you-wish Wednesday nights.
City Hall- On Friday, November 24th head over to City Hall for the Philly Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration. See Mayor Jim Kenney switch on the 50ft tall Christmas Tree adorned with twinkling lights of over 40 colors. There are fun and festive activities too.
Old City District- Philly’s historic district annual tree lighting is held in the courtyard of the Betsy Ross House. Lights go on this Thursday, November 30th. Prepare for carolers, live music, delectable food vendors, and an appearance from Betsy Ross herself.