On Tuesday morning I read in the Metro that the Tree Lighting at City Hall was going to be Thursday at 7:30PM. I was a little taken back as I had read a sign at Macy’s that the tree lighting at City Hall would be on Wednesday 11/28/07, and then Macy’s was inviting folks over afterwards to enjoy hot cider and to watch the newly revamped light show narrarated by Julie Andrews (I had a sneak preview which I will write about tomorrow night)

I got to work and checked the City Hall Web Page and sure enough it was listed WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28 CITY HALL TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY 5:00 p.m. City Hall, Apron Area Contact: Office of the City Representative, (215) 683-2060; Was the Metro wrong?
Then it was over to the Center City District site with the same info, except it gave Wednesdays date as the Nov 29, the 28th like it should have been:

CITY HALL TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Wednesday, November 29 City Hall, Dilworth Plaza 215.683.2060 Mayor John F. Street will officially launch Philadelphia’s holiday season when he turns on the holiday lights on the beautiful City Hall tree. There will be special guests, holiday songs and festivities and much more. (The Metro got the wrong story)But then tonight after chatting with my City Hall “source”, she mentioned that sure enough at the last minute the date was changed to Thursday, with no explanation, and the time was 4PM Face Painting, 5PM Tree Lighting, not 7:30PM as the Metro reported. I then checked the Center City District site and it was updated to say: Thursday, November 29, 5pm City Hall, Dilworth Plaza , but the City Hall site still states the lighting was today. (hopefully someone will drop a dime and tell Macy’s of the changes.) So if you want to see a magnificent tree lighting tonight, you’re plum out of luck if you thought it would be at Philadelphia City Hall, no now you’re gonna have to tune into NBC and the 10th annual “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” telecast Tree Lighting Ceremony. Hosted by Al Roker (“Today”), the star-studded 75th annual tree lighting extravaganza will feature Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Barry Manilow, Taylor Swift, Ashley Tisdale and Carrie Underwood performing current hits and holiday classics from Rockefeller Center in New York City.

(daytime Tree photo by Lawyer_215)