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The Rounds, Dr Oz Spotted, Mandarin Duck, Kids Get Vaccinated at the Zoo

Earlier this week I had a moment to go to Pennypack Park in NE Philly to check out the Mandarin Duck which has called the creek home for a few weeks. You can find him, and his girlfriend swimming near the dam not too far from the environmental center.

6 days til Christmas. Social Season 2021 has ended. I was so busy this fall. Thanks to Kory Aversa who hired me at least twice a week, sometimes twice a day to photograph his client events. Thanks to other PR companies like Cashman & Assoc., Philly PR Girl, Punch Media, En Route for the multiple events as well.

Very thankful for CBSPhilly, Metro Philly, Philadelphia Tribune, Mainline Today, Philly Style for our media partnership. Thank you Philly Mag for leaving my name on the masthead, I hope that column goes live this year. I sure miss it. In 2021 I will be adding another outlet, but am not able to say what it is yet.

Earlier this week @DrOz stopped by the Snider’s Main Line home for a fundraiser. Oz is running for the seat soon to be vacated by Sen Toomey. (photo provided)

A new Philly-based startup is making sustainability a forefront idea in every household. The Rounds is a no-waste delivery service that refills your staple home goods — from pantry items to cleaning and paper products — on a recurring basis for a low cost. The team was out in Rittenhouse Square on Friday handing out gift cards to use their service, from $5 off to $500 off. Head over to Philly Mag for a great interview with the founders.

A Giant Week – Photos provided

Left –  The GIANT Company opened its fourth GIANT Heirloom Market™ in Philadelphia’s Fashion District, capping off a tremendous year of growth in the city for 2021. The grand opening event included a ribbon-cutting and remarks by The GIANT Company President Nicholas Bertram, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, and Councilman Mark Squilla.

The store, located at 801 Market Street, is accessible from inside the mall as well as Market Street, and features local produce, a large plant-based department, a self-serve tap wall with more than 30 selections, a Starbucks, and a Hissho sushi bar.

Right – The GIANT Company and Please Touch Museum (PTM) officially opened Food & Family, the fully reimagined and much beloved Market exhibit in Philadelphia’s iconic children’s museum. Inspired by The GIANT
Company’s For Today’s Table® brand platform, Food & Family celebrates families gathering
around the table to enjoy a meal and connect in meaningful ways. This $1.2 million
investment by The GIANT Company not only transforms the 3,650 sq. foot exhibit itself, but it
expands the learning opportunities in the space, allowing families visiting PTM to explore
where food comes from, how to prepare and share food, and how food connects people and
communities.

Another Philly Mural’s days are numbered. In early 2016 Powers’ created, Philadelphia, in Old City. There are tons of great Philly references woven into this piece, encompassing everything from art to food to music. Philadelphia became an instant classic on an iconic commercial corridor. Seems a building is to be built in the parking lot adjacent to the 2nd Street mural in Old City. Construction fences have been installed, but the mural is still intact.

Joan Myers Brown, the founder of Philadanco and Ivory Allison, President, Board of Directors at ‘Fast Forward… To The Future’ at the Kimmel Cultural Campus Friday December 10

Philadanco celebrated it’s illustrious 50-year history Friday night. “Fast forward (0 to 90 in 50+1 years)” included an opening night affair at the Kimmel Cultural Campus’ Kimmel Center. Check out more of the story and photos
on Philadelphia Tribune.

Another Center City Wawa closes. This one at 13th and Chestnut, in Midtown Village. There was definitely an over use issue with this one, which is located a block away from another one which closed last year at Broad & Walnut Streets. The next closest ones are at 12th and Market Streets and the mini one at 33 S 16th Street.

Who knew Peacocks can fly. I spotted this one high in a tree at the Philly Zoo earlier this week when I attended the Philadelphia Zoo Hosts Free Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic and Community Event at LumiNature sponsored by Independence Blue Cross Foundation, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Zoo .

All photos taken with permission from parents

CBSPhilly More photos

Thanks to Boston Market and Christie Mandia, VP Marketing, for advertising with PCC, and having me photograph their activation and store openings this year!! Have you ordered you holiday meal yet, there is still time!!

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The Rounds at Rittenhouse Giving Gift Cards for the Holiday

Philadelphia’s zero-waste delivery and refill service, The Rounds, that refills your favorite home goods on a weekly basis – from pantry products, cleaning supplies, pet goods, baby needs and more – for just $6/month recently launched their first ever gift card program, giving eco-conscious shoppers the opportunity to give the gift of sustainable living. 

To celebrate their new gifting program, The Rounds is giving away an unlimited amount of mystery gift cards – valued between $5.00 and $500.00 – in Rittenhouse Square this holiday season on Friday, December 17th from 1:30pm – 3:30pm

As a bonus, the first 50 people to meet The Rounds in Rittenhouse Square Park day-of will also receive the opportunity to choose one (1) item from The Rounds’ secret swag bag – earning the chance to score complimentary merchandise and/or The Rounds’ signature sustainable staple goods, including Philadelphia’s favorite Righteous Felon OG Hickory Beef Jerky, Bean 2 Bean Coffee, Jeffy’s Jam and more.

You can find The Rounds team “making the rounds” around the park on their signature delivery bikes, decked out as sleighs for the holidays for one-day-only. 

The Rounds’ team will be onsite for photo opportunities & interviews, alongside Philadelphia’s favorite trashman, Terrill Haigler (@_yafavtrashman) will also be joining the team and going live on social from the event.

To learn more, follow The Rounds on social at @therounds.co or visit their website at www.therounds.co

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Christmas Eateries to Get You In The Spirit

Bah Humbug, there are 12 days left before Christmas and you might have been busying yourself to get it all done before the big day, and like me, you might not be in the ho ho spirit yet. I’ve been busy shooting, and telling my readers about so many great hot spots to go this season, but just this week I am easing into the holiday spirit. One visit to the Christmas Pop-up at Craftsman Row Saloon should do it. They’ve really done a great job on decorating, and if you’re a regular like moi, you can appreciate all they done.

Now where is that Elf on the Shelf? It’s going to take me awhile to find it cause I’m too busy eating the new Christmas Dinner burger (they have Beyond burgers too), and washing it down with a giant Ugly Milkshake. Check out their menu for all the holiday fare.

I love the seasonal decor at Uptown Beer Garden, they really got it!! Philly, welcome to U-Ville! Uptown Beer Garden has transformed into a whimsical holiday wonderland for the first-time ever! This is officially Philadelphia’s largest ever Christmas Pop-up Bar and features indoor space inside the giant heated tent and every table has it’s own decorated Christmas Tree, plus a U-Ville lane and village.

Evil Genius lit a 20 foot tree inside their popular drinking spot. Outside, the Evil Genius Beer Garden was transformed into a little winter wonderland, where guests enjoy beer, hot cider, hot wine while picking out your Christmas Tree from Front Street Trees. Open everyday, plus Christmas Eve 12:00pm to 6:00pm, but closed Christmas Day so their employees can enjoy the day with their family and friends.

I experienced the Igloos at Figo Ristorante last week. Unlike other Igloos of last year, this Igloo was thinking about dining in comfort as they are spacious, heated and taller. No more ducking, or squeezing between the wall and the table to get comfortable. They’re also sound proof, we could really hear ourselves chit chat. They can be booked through the website and open table. Each Igloo can seat eight people, and comes with a fire pit, carpet, lite decor, protective barrier from the cold and winter wind, and enchanting views of the stars, night skies and the Northern Liberties Christmas Tree. Definitely order the bruschetta, you’ll thank me.

At Harper’s Garden the Greenhouses are back and all decorated for those December holiday nights under the stars – with a dazzling new chef, menu and drinks! Colder weather is coming, and Harper’s Garden is warming things up with an enticing new culinary program, enhanced ambiance, and an expertly curated seasonal cocktail and mocktail menu. 31 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Mainline’s hottest 2021 addition, Lola’s Garden has embraced the cold months with flavorful fare, warm drinks, and a heated, outdoor enclosure of their stunning trellis. Open 7-days a week for lunch, brunch, and dinner. Lunch is served Monday thru Friday from Noon – 3 PM. Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM – 3 PM. Reservations and private party inquiries for Lola’s Garden are available through the website. For more information Lola’s Garden Ardmore, and/or call 484-412-8011

One of my favorite spots in Philly this past summer to dine was Juno 1033 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123. NOW my favorite Mexican spot has greenhouses for our dining pleasure. With the new enclosure Juno will offer 120 seats, with an additional 18 in their greenhouses. Tables are available for 1 to 14 guests (hello friendsgiving). Each greenhouse offers a private dining experience for up to 6 guests. There are no additional costs associated with booking a greenhouse, but given the limited quantity, reservations are strongly encouraged. Consider making your reservation early to take advantage of Juno’s 4 PM – 6 PM happy hour, featuring a delectable food menu, beer, wine, and cocktail selection for $5 each. Traditional tables and greenhouse reservations can be made by visiting junophilly.com or using the resy app. Walk-ins are welcome, space permitting.

Tried and true The Olde Bar in Old City is one of the most decorated and unique restaurant experiences in Philly for the holidays. The library nooks dining rooms have been given a festive make-over!  The Olde Bar, located at the former home of Philadelphia’s iconic Bookbinder’s Restaurant (I have stories, having worked for the Bookbinder family), is a celebrated space that once housed one of Philadelphia’s most famous seafood restaurants. The dining room currently is a library-inspired dining room that pays homage to the Bookbinder family. Patrons are invited to enjoy The Olde Bar’s favorite seafood and signature dishes while dining in the comfort of their own beautifully decorated, intimate library nook. The decorated library nooks are available for reservation by calling or booking through Open Table.  Happy Holidays and Bon Appetite!! Thanks

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Flight On Ice and Vintner Wonderland at Renault

Flight On Ice and Vintner Wonderland kicked off festivities last week at Renault Winery in Mays Landing. 

Experience our enlarged and improved outdoor Vintner Rink, open daily through February and designed for skaters of all ages and skill levels. 

Join our Renault family in giving back to the community. Our team members have decorated holiday trees that are displayed on our property and that will be auctioned off at our Festival of Trees Gala on December 16th. All the tree auction proceeds will benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, spreading holiday cheer across the township and beyond. Along with the auction, we will be collecting cans throughout the season for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.

Vintner Wonderland continues to offer even more. Parking, entry and movie viewing is always free but tickets must be purchased online or at the door for admission onto the 6,000 foot outdoor skating rink.

Vintner Wonderland was designed to be similar to a European Winter Festival, explained Josh McCallen, President of Renault Properties LLC and Executive with Vivamee Hospitality. “A ‘vintner’ is a winemaker. That’s why we call it ‘Vintner Wonderland.’ The hot or mulled wine warms your fingers, then your belly and heart. And because it is wine, it also helps you to feel jovial for the season.” (source)

Gather your friends and family around our fire pits situated amidst our holiday views or entertainment area. All Fire Pits accommodate up to 8 guests for a two hour reservation. Choose between Stage Fire Pit seating or Patio Fire Pit seating.

McCallen (2nd from right) had lived in Austria and he describes similar scenes of winter delight there and throughout Europe. McCallen, along with his wife, Melanie(3rd from right) and their ten children are often at Vintner Wonderland working behind the scenes and assisting in multiple ways. (source)

“When we purchased Renault in December of 2018, it was a national treasure with much tarnish on it,” said McCallen. ” Vivamee literally means reviving the soul and that is what we are doing with this 156 year old French Countryside Winery. We have kept every artifact and every piece of history during its restoration.” That also includes the French pronunciation of Renault where the t is silent. (‘Re-know’) . Go make some memories Vintner Wonderland you’ll thank me later…. 12 days til Christmas!! ChitChat with you Tomorrow.

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Spotted: Andrea Bocelli at Top Tourist Spots; ARod Enjoying BB; New Year’s Eve?

Stratus Lounge

We are in the middle of merriment as Christmas is only 13 days away, can you believe it. Time really flies, even when folks put up their trees and lights in October now. I have a few stops to make this week, and then I go away to see the family. Hope you are making memories, even if you’re staying home. Watch TV with friends. Sometimes I watch with them on the phone, other times I ask one of my friends to watch something and then chitchat on the phone after we’ve both watched it to figure out what went on; I know most of you have watched And Just Like That by now. Great to be back with the girls, but wowsie!!

Stratus Lounge, high above Independence Park with it’s sky views, had a few of us over for a festive holiday celebration last Thursday. 433 Chestnut St., 11th Floor of Kimpton Hotel Monaco I 215.925.2889 I https://stratuslounge.com/ Don’t miss their New Year’s Eve celebration.

Ring in New Year’s Eve at Stratus Rooftop Lounge, the chic rooftop venue on the 11th floor of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Old City, on Friday, December 31 with Mr. Hollywood DJ’s First Annual NYE Bash. Starting at 9pm, guests can bid farewell to 2021 under the stars with top-tier entertainment, celebratory cocktails, premium open bar, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and more. 
General Admission Gold ($150) includes entry to Stratus Rooftop Lounge and open bar, whereas General Admission Platinum ($175) includes admission, open bar, reserved pavilion food areas, and seating.  (Trust me spend the extra $25, you’ll want access to the pavillions)
Click here for details on tickets and packages. 

Congratulations Contour Body Studio on your new spot in Ardmore at 55 Rittenhouse Place!!  

Congratulations to WMMR’s Pierre Robert on 40 years with the station. His friends and co-workers, ie friends, through him a party at Rittenhouse’ Charley Dove formerly Audrey Claire’s.

Here’s what Marisa Magnatta posted:

“We all have a story of meeting Pierre for the first time. Mine occurred after The Stones ‘No Security Tour.’ We saw him outside the First Union Center recording concert coverage with the Roving Rock Microphone and my dad nudged me to say hi.

I did. When Pierre asked this 16yr old girl in 1999 what she thought of the band I replied “they’re phat!” He giggled and said “well, that has to be the first time Mick has ever been referred to as fat!”

And that was it. I didn’t even recall that memory until years later, after working with Pierre through countless post-concert coverages, followed by late night dinners and enjoying just a handful of martinis together.

He is a friend and a mentor. And not just to the lucky folks working at @933wmmr, but to the whole damn city!”

Andrea Bocelli was in town this past week to perform with the Philly Pops Wednesday at Wells Fargo. He and his family arrived on Monday and checked into the Four Seasons. Have you seen their Christmas decorations. So beautiful. You don’t have to be staying there, or even eating there to stop by and see the glory. That evening Bocelli his wife Veronica Berti his daughter Virginia and a few friends headed to Gran Caffe L’Aquila with a few friends. They didn’t even announce they were going, just got a resy, sat and ate. They’re just like us, but Andrea and Virginia can sing like angels. Yes it’s true, she is gifted. She sang a few songs with him at his Wells Fargo concert. The next day they were off to explore Philly. First stop Christmas Village, then to Dilworth Park for ice skating. A stop in Macy’s. A few people recognized him, and he stopped for photos. Then it was back to the Four Seasons and dinner at JG Sky High, with it’s beautiful views. Wednesday was rest and the concert.

Speaking of Wells Fargo Center- Alex Rodriguez, A Rod was in the house Saturday night. J-Lo’s ex, Yankee superstar, entrepreneur was spotted at the Wells Fargo Center as the Sixers trounced the Golden State Warriors 102 – 93!!! (Thanks to Caryn Kunkle who tagged me in this photo)

Time got away with me this week. Here are a list of parties I photographed and which media picked them up.

The Opening of The Fin – which by the way was delicious. Reasonably priced. Great atmosphere, and roomy.

Change Our Future Art & Sole – Sneaker Ball Metro Philly Philadelphia Tribune

Gallery: PHILADANCO! returns with “Fast Forward… To The Future”

Celebrating The Weitzman National Museum Of American Jewish History’s New Name

CBSPHILLY Philly Metro

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And just Like That…Christmas is Everywhere

North Side of City Hall 12/5/21, yes that ferris wheel works…there’s also a double decker Merry Go Round in the City Hall Courtyard. During the warmer months it will be located at Penns Landing!!

Hey Besties, that’s the turn all the young kids are using on TikTok and Instagram these days. I used to just call people folks, hey folks, besties seems fun cause after all these years we’re kinda on that level. Can you believe Christmas is only 15 days away, but what that really means to me is we only have about 10 days to really enjoy the holiday lights, decor and energy as the closer we get, the closer we have to get busy planning the day with family, friends and food.

I know I have been MIA these past few weeks, posting here or there, so I am going to do once big wrap up and holidays I’ve covered. NOW as I always state if you are following me on Social I may have touched on a few of these places, not all, cause I do like to save a little for youse who may cross over on all platforms.

Sheila Hess, City Rep, Kris Kennedy, Northern Liberties Business Improvement District Executive Director, radio legend, WDAS’ Patty Jackson, Cinderella, Glu Hospitality’s Derrek Gibbons and Tim Lu

The first Christmas tree lighting in Northern Liberties took place on North Second Street on Nov. 30, 2021. Donations for Operation Santa with Northern Liberties Neighbors Association  Next Up for Figo: Santa Claus is coming to Northern Liberties at the brand-new Figo Ristorante at 1033 N. 2nd Street. Figo’s beautiful new outdoor Christmas patio and cocktail garden is decorated from top to bottom, complete with the neighborhood tree standing at 16 foot tall. The Figo Brunch with Santa will take place on Saturday, December 18 and Sunday, December 19, from 10:00am to 2:30pm. Reservations are available on Open Table.

Old City District Menorah Lighting

Old City Tree Lighting

The opening of Christmas Village

Christmas Village is open every day through Christmas Eve

The Macy’s Light Show is a must stop on your holiday list. Sadly though this year Macy’s has limited the show to once a day, it couldn’t possibly have anything to do with social distancing since now everyone must see the show at 10:30am. Even though it’s a department store, please support it over ordering online, it employees locals and supports Free performances of the light show: at 10:30 a.m. beginning December 1 to 24, 2021, and at 11:30 a.m. from December 26 to 31, 2021. Visit Santa virtually or in person, but make a reservation https://www.macys.com/social/santa-land/?cache=1639153653114
Also if you are avoiding people feel free to check out Dicken’s Village on youtube

Not disappointing was a visit to the Reading Terminal, they have new shops and this cool Instagramable spot which is located on the east side of the market where the salad bar used to be located. Holidays at Reading Terminal Market Santa is visiting the market on December 18!!

Last night I went to Winter in Franklin Square presented by Citizens featuring the Electrical Spectacle Light Show presented by PECO. It was a spectacular show every 30 minutes. This year the entire park lights up, and not just the fountain. Plus stop by the heated Franklin’s Winter View and get into the holiday spirit with a Candy Cane Cocktail, Red Nose Rum Punch, or Merry Christmas Bourbon. That’s right! FREE shows every 30 minutes 5 pm until closing today through December 31!

For more fun spots to check out before the holiday season is done, check out Visit Philly!!

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Scene: The Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade

Saturday night a new parade was held in Philadelphia to celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and the Chinese New Year.

‘The Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade,’ feature arts and culture groups from multicultural backgrounds. Floats, balloons, dance troupes, and several marching bands.

The parade kicked off at 2nd and Market Streets at 5PM.

The Primark store invited a few friends to ride on their Double Decker bus as it made it’s away along Market Street for the Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade.

Kids and adults lined the street, smiling, waving with joy. It was great to see, especially after what we’ve all been through.

The Unionville High School rendition of “The Grinch” was fantastic. I bet they put on a great school play too!!

Primark and Boston Market gave out goodies along the parade route.
A performance by Dance 4 Life, Wilmington De.

Who knew, Santa was legendary Phillies coach Charlie Manuel, they kept it secret so the kids…. Thank you to all those involved, it was a huge success, on a limited budget, which created priceless memories for kids and adults a like. A dream come true for years to come, a dream by Mayor Jim Kenney, who always wanted a lighted holiday parade, as some other cities have, but he really created one, uniquely Philly. Thanks to the City Rep’s office, Visit Philly, Cashman Pr, and especially the team from Welcome America who produced the event. Thanks to Boston Market and Primark for sponsoring me to photograph the parade.

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Photos: Scenes from the 2021 Philadelphia Christmas Tree Lighting

Last night was one of the first big events the City (in person) has held since the pandemic. With socially distancing in mind, the City closed streets on the north side of City Hall, so folks could spread out as they choose. AND IT WAS FABULOUS. I’ve experienced the tree lighting for many years, in City Hall Courtyard, at Love Park, on the West side of City Hall and now a few times on the North side, always kinda tight because the lighting of the tree is like watching fireworks but you can be close. The production was great, this year they had a sponsor, friends section to the left of the staging area, and Philadelphians still had the best viewing spot in front of the stage, spread out along the street, and at the elevated MSB plaza.

The MSB area was sponsor village, where guests enjoyed giveaways from generous sponsors, including Boston Market, (they had a cool photo booth) Wawa (I had a few too many cookies) , Primark had a spin the wheel where guests could win pens, stickers, ear buds or a tote bag, HERSHEY’S CHOCOLATE WORLD gave out kisses,

NRG gave out really cute lit Santa hats *BTW the holiday tree is powered by NRG., aren’t those hats cute?

The folks behind the scenes – Brenda Goldsmith, hands on producer of Philly Holidays, as well as so many parades and activations in the country, Sheila Hess, City Representative who’s office produced the tree lighting and Michael DelBene, President & Chief Executive of Wawa Welcome America and Philly Holidays. 2nd photo Robert Nonemacker, City Reps Office, Events and Special Projects Manager

Thanks for posing for me!!
Cashman & Associates helping out Primark

Then on Saturday December 4, 2021: It’s the

Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade

The Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade is perfect event for all Philadelphians looking for some holiday cheer! This inclusive parade will feature floats representing Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, and Christmas, with performances by local marching bands, cold air balloons of your favorite holiday characters, and much more. The parade starts in Old City at 2nd and Market, and goes towards City Hall. Any spot is a great spot to watch from, but definite stop by Primark, do some early shopping, enjoy music spinning by DJ, and take a chance on winning gift cards for shopping at Primark. Look out for the Boston Market Unity Float, and for moi as I will be giving out $5 off Boston Market coupons for use in their stores in our area. Give me a shout out and I’ll take your photo and you might see if here, or in my column at CBSPhilly.

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Don’t Miss It: City of Philadelphia Tree Lighting Ceremony Thursday & Saturday Holiday Parade

This year, the Holiday Tree Lighting is back in-person and better than ever. The city’s showstopping holiday tree, located on the Wawa Holiday Plaza on the north-side of City Hall, will be lit on Thursday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. to celebrate the kick-off of the holiday season.

This year, viewers are encouraged to come out and be a part of one of the city’s most beloved holiday traditions in-person. The full event will also be exclusively broadcast live on 6abc. The in-person tree lighting ceremony, produced by the Office of City Representative, will feature performances by Philly-based artists and Disney’s premier a cappella singing sensation, DCappella.

BUT the nights events begin at 5PM where guests can enjoy giveaways from generous sponsors, including Bank of America, Wawa, NRG, Primark, HERSHEY’S CHOCOLATE WORLD, Boston Market, Tastykake, and Books in Homes at the MSB Plaza across the street on on North Broad Street. The north side of City Hall will be closed. You’ll also be able to enjoy the Christmas Village Ferris Wheel, double decker Merry Go Round in City Hall Courtyard, as well as the shops Philly Made holiday shops on the west side of City Hall.

Then, beginning at 7:00 p.m., watch as dozens of hand-designed and painted ornaments and 5,000 linear feet of multi-color LED lights come to life on the 45-foot, 40-year-old tree. More Info Can Be Found HERE

Then on Saturday December 4, 2021: It’s the

Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade

The Visit Philadelphia Holiday Parade is perfect event for all Philadelphians looking for some holiday cheer! This inclusive parade will feature floats representing Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Chinese New Year, and Christmas, with performances by local marching bands, cold air balloons of your favorite holiday characters, and much more. The parade starts in Old City at 2nd and Market, and goes towards City Hall. Any spot is a great spot to watch from, but definite stop by Primark, do some early shopping, enjoy music spinning by DJ, and take a chance on winning gift cards for shopping at Primal

What are the Covid-19 Protocols for the Holiday Events? 

Both the Tree Lighting and the Parade are outside this year, however we are expecting large crowds so we encourage everyone in attendance to bring a mask and maintain social distance when possible.  

What should I bring to these events? 

  • Children, Friends, Family
  • Blankets 
  • Winter wear (Hat, Coat, Gloves, Scarf, Hand Warmers)
  • Smiles,and be ready to create memories
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Giving Tuesday: BLOCS; The Wardrobe, Cancer Support

2021 marks the first year Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS) participates in #iGiveCatholic, the nationally recognized Catholic Giving Tuesday campaign. BLOCS visited St. Laurentius School (1612 E. Berks St.) on November 29, to discuss the gift of giving.

Since 1980, BLOCS has been committed to providing eligible pre-K, grade school, high school and special education students access to high-quality, values-based Catholic education. In 2020, BLOCS awarded more than $50 million to fund over 16,000 scholarships, including $1.8 million in emergency aid going to over 2,200 families impacted by the COVID

Fishtown first graders welcome BLOCS Marketing Director Katie Rose Thornton to Saint Laurentius to celebrate Giving Tuesday #iGiveCatholic

More than 96¢ of every dollar donated to BLOCS is distributed directly in the form of need-based scholarships to partner schools for local students and families. Donations to BLOCS Giving Tuesday can be made at bit.ly/BLOCSgivesCatholic

The Wardrobe, formerly known as Career Wardrobe, is a nonprofit social enterprise open to all. Our goal is to eliminate clothing insecurity by outfitting people for life or work. Clothing combined with personalized support helps 5,000 people a year look and feel their best to move forward in their lives.

The Cancer Support Community includes three institutes that are critical to fulfilling our mission including the Cancer Policy Institute (which advocates to make the patient voice heard in policy and decision making), the Institute for Excellent in Psychosocial Care (focused on direct services and programs), and the Research and Training Institute (dedicated to conducting cutting-edge psychosocial, behavioral, and survivorship research).

Philly Mag has a great list of Philly Nonprofits to Give to This Year HERE Happy Giving Tuesday!!