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Philly Family’s Holiday Tree Lighting Master List

Here’s where to get merry around town with tree lighting celebrations!

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The holiday season is upon us, 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! And keep checking back as more dates are added.

Phillies Holiday Sale and Tree Lighting

November 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

1 Citizens Bank Way

Visit Citizens Bank Park for holiday sales at the New Era Phillies Team Store, festivities, and fun surprises. The Phillies’ Christmas tree and ballpark lighting will take place outside the ballpark at the Third Base Gate.

Grand Illumination hosted by American Credit Union

November 26, 7 p.m.

American Heritage Carriage House, 2060 Red Lion Road

Kick off the season with a tree lighting and performances by the Ukrainian Children’s Choir Soloveiky and the New Jersey Fifes and Drums. Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross reenactors will also be on hand for the festivities. American Credit Union will be collecting bring unopened, non-perishable food items for a food drive as well. Stick around to walk around the lit-up campus and take unique family photos.

Old City Historic Holidays Tree Lighting at Betsy Ross House

November 30, 6 p.m.

239 Arch St.

Betsy Ross will be onsite to greet guests at this lighting of the Old City Holiday Tree sponsored by Citizens which includes a live musical performance.

East Passyunk Christmas Tree Lighting

December 1, 5-7 p.m.

The Singing Fountain, S. 11th St. and E. Passyunk Ave.

Kick off a season of “Deck the Avenue” deals and festivities with East Passyunk’s annual tree lighting filled with holiday music. Best of all, Santa Claus will be there to take photos with the children, and ring in the season!

Philly Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at City Hall

December 1, 7 p.m.

JFK Boulevard and N. Broad Street

City Hall’s front door will be transformed into a winter wonderland with the Philly Holiday Tree, a 50-foot tall fir with a dazzling display of lights. The tree lighting, includes family-friendly festivities, live entertainment by local stars and the Ukrainian Children’s Choir, and more. The ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Stick around and enjoy all the shopping, treats, and festivities of Christmas Village and Dilworth Park. If you can’t make it in person, tune into 6ABC to watch!

Evil Genius Beer Company

December 1, 8 p.m.

1727 N. Front Street

Evil Genius is celebrating the season with lots of lights, and will also kick off the launch of their festive Saison brew “Santa, I Know Him!”

Photograph courtesy of South Street Headhouse District.

Holidays at Headhouse Shambles

December 3, 12-4:30 p.m.

Headhouse Shambles, 2nd and Lombard streets

Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be at the Shambles for the annual tree lighting at 4 pm; plus get your holiday shopping started with the Sisterly Love Food Fair and Holiday Market featuring local vendors and live performances.

Fitler Square Tree Lighting

December 4, 5 p.m.

Pine Street, between 23rd and 24th streets

Santa will arrive, and the tree will be lit by the fountain. Enjoy hot drinks, sing Christmas carols with the MacGuffin Theatre and Film Company, enjoy The Nutcracker dancing from Philadelphia Dance Academy, and get in the holiday spirit!

Roxborough Tree Lighting

December 10, 1-6 p.m.

Pocket Park, 6170 Ridge Ave.

The fun starts at 1:00 p.m. with performances from the Roxborough Men’s Chorus and Jeanette’s School of Dance. The tree lighting is at 4 p.m., as well as Santa’s arrival. Stick around for photos with Santa from 4:15–6 pm. There will also be crafts for kids and treats and warm drinks available from food trucks on site.

Rittenhouse Square Holiday Park Lighting


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.

Lead photograph courtesy of the Philly Holiday Experience.

Eleanor Linafelt contributed to updating this article.

Contributing Writer