Philadelphia

Today: CHRISTMAS VILLAGE GRAND OPENING CEREMONY

MEDIA ALERT

TODAY: CHRISTMAS VILLAGE GRAND
OPENING CEREMONY TO FEATURE CHRISTKIND FROM GERMANY ARRIVING ON
HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE, MARCHING BAND, SING-A-LONGS AND LIGHTING OF THE
FOUNTAIN

WHAT:
Grand Opening Ceremony for Christmas Village in Philadelphia: Presented by NRG

WHERE:
Philadelphia’s LOVE Park (15th and JFK Boulevard)

WHEN:
Today, Saturday, November 29, 2014, 4pm to 6:00pm

SCHEDULE AND TIMELINE:
4:00 –4:25  

Father Judge Marching Band performance on stage

4:25                

Father
Judge Marching Band starts walking through the market to pick up
Christkind & guests – Christkind will arrive on horse-drawn carriage
by 76 Carriage Co

4:30 – 4:35

Christkind & guests with Father Judge Marching Band walk in                      

4:35 – 4:40   

Introduction of the speakers

4:40 – 4:45    

Speaker – Thomas Bauer, President of Christmas Village

4:50 – 4:55    

Speaker – Presenting Sponsor – NRG Home

4:55 – 5:05   

Christkind
lights fountain, gives traditional prologue & officially opens the
market, Clearview High School Choir will support prologue with German
“Stille Nacht”

5:05 – 5:30    
Clearview High School Choir sings onstage

5:05 –  5:15        

Official Photo Shoot with the Christkind and guests in front of LOVE Sign!

5:15 – 6:00

Christkind is doing the market walk with basket full of candy

WHAT:
Sing-a-long
to holiday selections by the Father Judge Pep Band, Clearview Regional
High School Choir and other entertainers. The original Christkind from
Nuremberg will arrive in a horse-drawn carriage from 76 Carriages. She
will then officially open the market by reciting her traditional
prologue and rings in the official lighting ceremony of the Christmas
Village Fountain (not the tree), presented by NRG Home. She will then do
her traditional walk of the market.

WHO:
Thousand of
neighbors, visitors and tourists will flock to the opening weekend of
Christmas Village. This season, over 550,000 are expected to visit
between Thanksgiving Day and December 28, 2104.

VISUALS:

* Christkind will light Christmas Village Fountain and walk the village
* Santa will take photos with children
* Live music
* Twinkling lights and decorations throughout LOVE Park
* International and local shopping in 65+ decorated booths
* Food and mulled wine served
* Wish Wall for Make-a-Wish Foundation

MEDIA CHECK-IN POINT:
We would appreciate it if you could confirm coverage by emailing kory@aversapr.com or calling 215-840-9216.  Aversa PR will have a check-in point for the Grand Opening at the information
booth located to the right of the stage (as you face City Hall).

Thank you for considering for TODAY.

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ABOUT CHRISTMAS VILLAGE

The
Christmas Village will again transform Philadelphia’s LOVE Park (15th
and JFK Boulevard) into a traditional, open-air German Christmas Market,
open daily between Thanksgiving and Sunday, December 28, 2014. Shop for
high-quality, international and local gifts and decorations. Enjoy
holiday sights and sounds with thousand of twinkling lights, the LOVE
ParkChristmas Tree, live music, children’s activities and photos with
Santa Claus. Warm up with a glass of warm mulled wine or hot cocoa while
enjoying European and American food and drink. Admission is free, with
food, drink and shopping pay as you go. Now in its seventh year, the
village has grown into one of the region’s most unique and charming
holiday attractions. It expects to attract more than 550,000 people in
2014. Sixty-five international and local merchants and artists are busy
preparing high-quality gifts that will be sold in decorated tents and
wooden houses that will pop-up throughout Center City’s famous LOVE
Park. With toys, apparel, jewelry, decorations, homegoods, artwork and
more, there will be something for everyone on Santa’s list.

ABOUT SPONSOR

NRG
Home empowers residential energy customers with a new way to think
about, buy and use energy. Innovative, exclusive energy products give
customers unprecedented choice and control through customized
electricity plans with unique rewards and access to emerging energy
technology solutions. NRG Home is part of NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune
250 company that serves almost three million retail customers across the
country. NRG Energy creates value through reliable and efficient
conventional power generation, while driving innovation in solar and
renewable power, electric vehicle ecosystems, carbon capture technology
and customer-centric energy solutions.