Philly Family’s Holiday Tree Lighting Master List
Here’s where to get merry around town with tree lighting celebrations!
The holiday season is here even earlier than usual, and the tree lightings are starting sooner than you can say “O Tannenbaum.” There are so many festivities around town, but we’re putting all the tree lightings in one handy place so you don’t miss anything!
Want to glow even more? Check out our rundown of must-see holiday light shows and displays!
November 17, 5:30—7:30 pm
Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Avenue
Family and friends come together to meet Santa and celebrate the beginning of Chestnut Hill’s holiday season with tree lighting, live music, hot chocolate, cookies, and the opening of Woodmere’s holiday exhibit, The Night Before Christmas. Families are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to a charity for underprivileged children.
November 21, 5—8:45 pm (countdown at 6 pm)
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Festive treats and music by York Street Hustle lead up to the 6 pm countdown to the magnificent tree lighting. Warm beverages and a live choir continue the celebration inside, and there will also be a DIY Card-Making Station in Great Stair Hall from 5:30—7:30 pm. The Art Museum will have “Pay What You Wish” admission after 5 pm.
November 25, 6 pm
American Heritage Carriage House, 2060 Red Lion Road
Kick off the season with a tree lighting, fireworks display, and performances by the Philadelphia Boys Choir, and The Fifes and Drums of The Old Barracks. Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross reenactors will also be on hand for the festivities. American Credit Union will be collecting bring un-opened, non-perishable food items for a food drive as well.
November 27, 5 pm
210 W. Rittenhouse Sq.
Family-friendly activities and music lead up to the lighting of the Square’s 30-foot holiday tree, which remains illuminated every night through the end of December.
November 28, 5:30—7 pm
JFK Boulevard and N. Broad Street
City Hall’s front door will be transformed into the newly named The Met Holiday Plaza, where the Philly Holiday Tree will stand 65-feet tall with a display of lights lovingly celebrating the city’s skyline and neighborhoods. The tree lighting, led by Mayor Jim Kenney, includes family-friendly festivities, live entertainment by local stars from this year’s American Idol, giveaways, and appearances by the Phillie Phanatic and Gritty!
November 29, 5—8 pm
239 Arch St.
Old City kicks off its month of Historic Holidays programming with a tree lighting at the Betsy Ross House. The ceremony will feature Betsy Ross, musical performances, food and drink, and the lighting of the beautiful holiday tree designed by Old City’s own Petit Jardin en Ville.
November 29, 5—7 pm
The Singing Fountain, S. 11th St. and E. Passyunk Ave.
CBS 3 Philly Meteorologist Lauren Casey will countdown and help light the Christmas Tree around the Singing Fountain. Bring an unwrapped new toy for CBS 3’s toy drive. The event will also include live holiday music by local performers, and free sips and samples from East Passyunk bakeries, restaurants, and retailers. Best of all, Santa Claus will be there to take photos with the children, and Mummer string band members and carolers will lead people down the Avenue after the ceremony.
November 29, 5:30—6 pm
Canal View Park, 4416 Main Street
Celebrate the annual tree lighting at Canal View Park at 5:30 pm, followed by live performances and a visit by Santa.
November 30, 4—8 pm
Pocket Park, 6170 Ridge Ave.
Enjoy hot chocolate, join in on sing-a-longs with holiday carolers, and get photos with Santa at the tree lighting.
November 30, 6–9 pm
Blue Cross RiverRink, 101 S. Columbus Blvd.
The RiverRink lights up one of the city’s largest holiday trees, followed by a dazzling fireworks show to send Santa back to the North Pole. Live entertainment, including singers, dancers, and ice skaters will add to the celebration.
December 1, 10 am—6 pm (tree lighting at 5 pm)
1 Citizens Bank Way
Visit CBP for holiday sales, festivities, fun surprises, and of course Phanta Claus (the Phanatic dressed as Santa)! There will be holiday crafts and activities presented by the Phillies Kids Club from 10 am—2 pm, photos with Phanta Claus from 11 am—1 pm, Reindeer on the concourse, and more! Then at 5 pm, stay for the Phillies’ Christmas tree and ballpark lighting with Phanta Claus and Scott Kingery outside the ballpark at the First Base Gate.
December 2, 4—6 pm
Headhouse Shambles, Second and Lombard streets
Santa will make a grand entrance on a firetruck, and then he’ll kick off the holidays with the lighting of the Headhouse Christmas tree. Santa, Rudolph, and Frosty will all be on hand for photo ops! Under the Shambles, snacks and hot beverages will be available for purchase. The CW Philly 57 will collect unwrapped toys for children in the region through the Salvation Army—look for collection bins under the Shambles during the event.
December 2, 2—5 pm (tree lighting at 5 pm)
31st St. and Girard Ave.
Family crafts (including ornaments for your own tree) with Kith + Kin will begin at 2 pm, along with holiday vendors and hot chocolate! Then at 5 pm, the tree will be lit up!
December 2, 2—6 pm (tree lighting at 4:45 pm)
Ryan and Cottman avenues
Craft and gift vendors, live music, a visit from Santa, and more festivities kick off the season. On or about 4:45 pm, the Parade Grand Marshal will “Flip the Switch” on the tree lights.
December 7, 3—7 pm (tree lighting at 5 pm)
Frankford Pause Park, 4673 Paul St.
Following a holiday market featuring local businesses, artists, and makers, the tree lighting ceremony at 5 pm will include a special performance from Frankford High School students.
December 8, 4:30—5 pm
Almond and Ann streets
The tree lighting will take place at 5 pm, along with a visit from Santa with photo ops. Before the lighting, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies.
December 9, 5 pm
Pine Street, between 23rd and 24th streets
Santa will arrive with treats for children, while carols are sung by The Philadelphia School singers. Santa’s helpers will have hot chocolate and cider for all, and the tree will be lit by the fountain.
Lead photograph by Laura Swartz.