Philadelphia City Hall, Love Park & Rittenhouse Square Tree Lighting Ceremonies PLUS Chanukah in the Square

Yesterday Franklin Square had their holiday light ceremony as reported here by my friend Hadas Kuznits of KYW Newsradio
TONIGHT: Philadelphia City Hall and Love Park will have their Tree Lighting Ceremonies:

Mayor Nutter and Mrs. Nutter to participate in the City Tree Lighting Ceremony
The traditional tree lighting ceremony will feature performances from the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, Miss Philadelphia, and the Department of Recreation Performing Arts Troop.

At 5:30pm Mayor Nutter and Mrs. Lisa Nutter will light the tree.

At 5:40pm Mayor Nutter will walk to Love Park to light the second tree at 6:00pm.

You will recall that the local community rallied together to raise the necessary funds to pay for the Rittenhouse Square lighted balls this year:

Friends of Rittenhouse Square:

LET THERE BE LIGHTS! Thanks to an outpouring of support from many generous donors, and a lot of help from our Friends, the popular tradition of holiday lights on Rittenhouse Square has been saved.

We thank Inga Saffron of the Philadelphia Inquirer for helping bring public attention to this project, and for making the case why the holiday display is important. A huge thank you to John J. Dougherty, the IBEW 98, and Michael Barnes at IATSE Local 8 for providing free labor to install and un-install the lights. This not only saved us money – it saved the day for the lights at night. And much gratitude to all who gave donations by paypal, in the mail, and in person. This is what Friends are for.” (all these pixs are mine, I just tagged some of them)

The Square’s balls are in place and lit, the Tree Lighting will be tomorrow:

At 4:00 stop by the 10 Rittenhouse Square’s Walnut Street lobby (next to Barney’s) for complimentary warm beverages Also at 4:00, bring your little ones to Tavern 17 at 220 South 17th Street for a complimentary ornament making activity Then, meet us in the Square for complimentary souvenir photos from Philadelphia Magazine, restaurant gift certificate contests from Infiniti, holiday movie giveaways set to the festive sounds of WOGL 98.1 FM. The public is invited to bring a new unwrapped toy for a deserving child for the CBS 3 and CW Philly 57 Joy of Sharing campaign to benefit The Salvation Army. At 5 p.m. The Rittenhouse Square Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin, featuring holiday entertainment, character visits, a special visit from Santa and other holiday surprises. Celebrate the holidays under the glow of the giant TD Bank Tree and the spectacular lights surrounding the park. CBS 3 Meteorologist Kathy Orr will host the event. From 5:30-7:00, visit TD Bank at the corner of 18th and Walnut Streets to visit with Santa and enjoy complimentary refreshments

Join us in the heart of the Square at 5 PM on Thursday, December 3 for the magical moment when the holiday tree is illuminated…along with the light globes overhead.
Santa, caroling, character visits, cocoa, and lots of excitment.� This is a wonderful family activity. You are invited to bring a new toy (please do not wrap it) to benefit The Salvation Army.
Chanukah in the Square! FreeOn Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 5 PM, join us at the Ethical Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, to enjoy the amazing Budapest Jugglers. Doughnuts, dreidels, and chocolate gelt! This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of Rittenhouse Ssquare and Lubavitch of Center City.