The Ultimate Philly Christmas/Holiday Tree Lighting List & #PhillyHolidays
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and much earlier than ever. Over the past couple years the trees of the City seemed to be lit in the first week of December, but it seems this year the powers to be sensed we needed Christmas right this very minute.
Comcast Light Show
Credit: Photo courtesy Comcast
TONIGHT: Chestnut Hill Circle of Trees – Woodmere Art Museum at 9201 Germantown Avenue
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 5:30–7:00 p.m. FREE
Family and friends come together to celebrate the annual tree lighting and the beginning of Chestnut Hill’s holiday season. Enjoy live music, hot chocolate, cookies, and a special surprise guest. Families are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to a charity for underprivileged children. Sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Business and Community Association.
Don’t forget to check out the Holiday Store
and say hi to Stephen Kerzner for me.
Another Christmas Tree Making Spirits Bright before Thanksgiving is the Philadelphia Museum of Art Tree which is being lt on Wednesday, November 23, 2016. Standing at almost fifty feet tall, the Museum’s holiday tree will sparkle down the Parkway with solar-powered lights. Kick off the season with us at this public event.
4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Light refreshments, live performances, and ugly sweaters on the East Terrace.
Official countdown and tree lighting
’til 8:45 p.m.
The Museum will remain open with Pay What You Wish admission. Head inside and visit the galleries.
Then next Saturday, after the jolly one arrives on Thanksgiving, The City lights their tree. I know firsthand Mayor Jim Kenney is excited. Last year he told me he’d be moving the tree out from the City Hall Courtyard and out to Dilworth Park, cause the Tree is the People’s Tree and everyone should be able to see it. On Thursday, Mayor Kenney placed the first ornament on the tree.
Saturday, November 26, the Saturday after Thanksgiving…from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall’s Dilworth Plaza.
- 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. is the Entertainment
- 6:30 p.m. is the long-awaited tree lighting hosted by Mayor Jim Kenney
- 6:40 – 7:00 pm – more holiday entertainment
Ø Saturday, November 26 – Manayunk Tree Lighting
Ø Tuesday, November 29 – Rittenhouse Row Tree Lighting
Ø Thursday, December 1 from 5-7pm – East Passyunk Tree Lighting – Deck the Ave with the annual Tree Lighting Party at the Singing Fountain on + holiday fun all month long!
Deck the Ave!
The ‘Deck the Ave’ holiday campaign will kick off on Saturday, November 26 with Small Business Saturday on the Avenue, offering special events, sales and more. This holiday season, we’ll also be featuring weekly photos with Santa, ‘PassyunkShops’ shopping specials, and Arctic Ave, a day-long festival with live ice carvings.
A list of fun #PhillyHolidays Events.
Ø Friday, November 25 – SEPTA Santa Express at Dilworth Park
– Macy’s Christmas Light Show& Dickens Village Begins
11/18/16 Friday evening they unveiled their windows, and they were spectacular. I love that we have a Macy’s
Ø Sunday, November 27 – Christmas Village Grand Opening at City Hall
Ø Friday, December 2 – WinterFest Tree Lighting at Penn’s Landing
Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park
November 11, 2016 – February 27, 2017
The holiday season kicks off early with the opening of Rothman Institute Ice Rink & Cabin. Skaters and non-skaters alike can relax in the cozy cabin over seasonal snacks, frosty beers and warm beverages, Themed events and holiday activities take place throughout the season. For more information, visit Center City District’s website.
America’s Garden Capital Maze
November 11, 2016 – February 27, 2017
This new attraction brings a festive winter garden to Dilworth Park. It features willow-branch archways, a variety of seasonal perennials, trees and shrubs and several topiary sculptures that showcase all 32 of the public gardens, arboreta and historic landscapes that are located in the Philadelphia region. For more information, visit Center City District’s website.
This year they have a carousel – $3 a ride (Aversa PR shot)
November 19-20; November 24 – December 24, 2016
Philadelphia’s German-style Christmas Village returns again this year, but with a new location—City Hall! This holiday favorite lets shoppers find the perfect gifts from Germany and around the world, including glass ornaments, handcrafted jewelry, music boxes, nutcrackers and more. Shoppers can also enjoy hot mulled wine, gingerbread and bratwursts during their visit. For more information, visit the Christmas Village website.
Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market
November 19 – December, 24, 2016
Holiday shoppers can stock up on handcrafted goods made by local artists, crafters and designers at the holiday market in Dilworth Park. Also available: lots of yummy Philly foods that will satisfy shoppers’ cravings and/or make great gifts. For more information, visit Center City District’s website. Vibrant neighborhoods within Philadelphia offer holiday sing-alongs, parades and tree-lighting festivities. Join Chestnut Hill on November 19; Manayunk on November 26; Rittenhouse Square on November 29 and South Street on December 4.
Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show
November 10 – December 31, 2016 (except Thanksgiving & Christmas)
The free show, presented by PECO, incorporates a giant lighted kite and 50,000 lights choreographed to holiday music. The show runs every 30 minutes from 4 to 8 p.m. on weeknights and 4 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Other festivities include visits from Santa, rides on the holiday train and carousel, min-golf and the brand new Ben’s Bites & Brews. There’s also a family-friendly 6 p.m. Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown and Dance Party with fireworks. For more information, visit Historic Philadelphia’s website.