Our Guide To Tree Lighting Celebrations in Philadelphia

Tree Lighting at South Street Headhouse District

Tree Lighting at South Street Headhouse District

‘Celebrating The Joy Of Communities During The Holidays’

Who gets excited about decorating trees during the holidays! Enjoy many tree lighting celebrations throughout the City of Brotherly Love this 2017 holiday season!

There will be much more than just beautiful trees being lit. Many of these community celebrations will have live music, hot coco, holiday giveaways, Christmas carols will be sung, dance performers and much more.

Grab your friends and family, and enjoy our favorite local tree lighting celebrations guide below that offers community excitement, fun and the spirit of giving with elaborate light displays this holiday season. If you know of one that is not mentioned, please tell us in the comments below, possibly giving us details and or a link to that event. We would appreciate it.

  • Wednesday, November 22 ~ Philadelphia Museum of Art ~ Starts at 5 pm – 7 pm

The Holiday Tree Lighting celebration at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will allow guests to participate in watching the museum turn the lights on the tree while visiting inside the museum afterwards to enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, caroling in the galleries and much more. ~ Holiday Tree Lighting at Philadelphia Museum of Art ~

  • Friday, November 24 ~ Philly Holiday Tree Lighting at City Hall ~ Starts at 5:00 pm (Tree Lighting 5:30 pm)

Since Dilworth Park has been completed, City Hall’s tree lighting celebration moves to 15th and Market Sts at the North Portal (North side of Broad St). Programming begins at 5 pm with the tree lighting at 6:20 pm. The tree is a 52-foot, 50 year-old freshly-cut tree which was brought over from Linvilla Orchards and is on display now. ~ Philly Holiday Tree Lighting At City Hall In Dilworth Park ~

  • Saturday, November 25 ~ Main Street Manayunk ~ Starts at 5:30 pm

Manayunk will be ringing in the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony taking place at 5:30 pm at Canal View Park at 4420 Main Street. Don’t forget to enjoy the neighborhood shops and restaurants before or after the festivities. Stick around for performances by Merge Dance Studio, 54th & City, and the Delaware Valley Opera Company. Keep an eye out for the big man himself, too!~ Info on Tree Lighting in Manayunk ~

  • Saturday, November 25 ~ Miracle on 13th Street ~ Starts when it gets dark ~ Throughout The Holidays

The residents of Miracle on South 13th Street have outfitted their homes in spirited holiday décor that attracts tourists nationwide for more than a dozen years. This year, the homes will go even further with Samsung SmartThings – smart home device that will help them power their lights and automate daily routines with just their smartphone. The event is free and open to the public, and will include festival games, food and more. This will take place at 1600 South 13th Street with the lighting happening promptly at 5:30 pm!

  • Tuesday, November 28 ~ Rittenhouse Square ~ Starts at 5:00 pm

Rittenhouse Square will embrace its holiday season by turning on a beautiful tree standing more than 30 feet tall with 5,000 twinkling lights. Santa himself will be on hand to light the tree up for the 2017 season. The Tree Lighting Ceremony features holiday entertainment, character visits, complimentary roasted chestnuts, Santa Claus and plenty of holiday surprises. Don’t forget to stick around the neighborhood for dinner or shopping. ~ Click Here for details ~

Tree Lighting at Rittenhouse Square

Tree Lighting at Rittenhouse Square

  • Thursday, November 30 ~ Old City District Tree Lighting ~ Starts at 5:00 pm

The kickoff celebration will take place at the Betsy Ross House courtyard (239 Arch Street) and will feature Betsy Ross, carolers, and the new Old City District Design Tree. Fezziwig’s Sweet Shoppe will offer seasonal sips and snacks, including their famous kettle korn. At 5:30 p.m., the Philadelphia Youth Ballet will present excerpts of the holiday classic The Nutcracker.  At 6:00 p.m., the Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin. The Old City District Design Tree is an artistic lighting installation designed by FK Productions, and celebrates the season with a nod to the neighborhood’s strong history of art and design. ~ More Info ~

  • Thursday, November 30 ~ The Singing Fountain on East Passyunk Ave ~ Starts at 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Come celebrate the annual lighting of the Christmas Tree at the Singing Fountain on Tasker Street & East Passyunk Avenue with carolers from Alphabet Academy, music by students from Andrew Jackson School, a visit from Santa Claus, and free food/drink samples from Avenue restaurants. At 7 pm kick off the “Deck the Halls” holiday promotion and stroll down the Avenue for extended shopping hours, dinner and drink specials, and more. This event is from 5-7 pm. ~ Click Here for Details ~

  • Thursday, November 30 ~ Plough and the Stars ~ Starts approximately mid-afternoon to evening

Stop on over at the Plough and the Stars in the Old City District of Philadelphia as they decorate their large treee. Enjoy Irish music, Christmas tunes, their fire place, delicious food specials and beer.

FYIPlough and the Stars 20th Anniversary Party! December 2 & 3! They are rolling back prices on both food and drinks, and will have live entertainment (free).  ~ Plough and the Stars 20th Anniversary Party ~

  • Friday, December 1 ~ Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest Tree Lighting ~ Starts at 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Head on over to the Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest on the Delaware River Waterfront and be dazzled by the tree lighting of a 43-foot-tall tree. From 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, enjoy performances from In the Mix A Capella Group, the Philadelphia Youth Ballet, the Philadelphia Symmetry Synchronized Skating, Olde Towne Carolers, Santa Clause, Santa’s Elves and many more.

  • Saturday, December 2 ~ Mt. Airy Tree Lighting ~ Starts at 5:00 pm (waiting for 2017 time & info)

Mt. Airy rings in the Holiday Season with events all weekend, kicked off by a tree lighting on the Lutheran Theological Seminary campus at 5 pm with music from the Salvation Army Brass Band, followed by caroling. There will be a store-wide sale on all holiday trimmings. The event is held at the William Allen Plaza on the LTSP Campus at 7301 Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy. ~ More Info ~

  • Saturday, December 2 ~ Phillies – Citizens Bank Park Tree Lighting ~ Starts at 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Lots of fun at Citizen’s Bank Park with raffle prizes every hour, sales on merchandise, meet and greets, photos with Phanta Claus from 11 am to 1 pm & of course, photos in the clubhouse from 2 pm to 4 pm and the tree lighting which will take place at 5 pm. ~ Tree Lighting at Citizens Bank Park ~

  • Sunday, December 3 ~ South Street Headhouse District Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting ~ Starts at 4:00 pm

Come enjoy this winter extravaganza with the family. The event will take place from 4 pm to 6 pm, with dance performances by the Society Hill Dance Academy and the Philadelphia Dance Academy, free horse-drawn carriage rides and much more. Santa visits and the tree lighting will begin at 5 pm. Don’t forget to visit the shops and restaurants afterwards. ~ Click here for more Details ~

  • Tuesday, December 5~ The Shops at Liberty Place ~ Starts at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Shops at Liberty Place will put up a towering tree in its Rotunda. From 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, enjoy performances from the Philadelphia Dance Academy and The Liberty Strings Orchestra. There will be face painting, crafts, hot cocoa, complimentary appetizers, beverages and photos with Santa Clause (bring your own camera for photos). ~ Click here for Details ~

  • Saturday, December 9 ~ Parade of Lights ~ Starts at 11:00 am

Head on over to the Delaware River waterfront for the Parade of Lights. Guest will enjoy both pleasure boats and working vessels decked out in fabulous decorations and lights. Before the parade, head to the Independence Seaport Museum, which is hosting the parade for lots of holiday activities and festivities. The light parade will begin at 5:30 pm. Tip: For the best view for the parade, go to the second floor balcony of the museum that overlooks the Delaware River. ~ Click here for more details ~


Bonus - Our Guide to Christmas Tree Lighting Celebrations in Philadelphia


Bonus - Top Holiday Light Attractions in Philadelphia and Nearby

Coming November 27, 2016

Happy Holidays!

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