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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! And keep checking back as more dates are added.

Want to glow even more? Check out our rundown of must-see holiday light shows and displays!

Manayunk Tree Lighting

November 21,  6 pm

Canal View Park, 4416 Main Street


Manayunk is really eager to get the holidays started this year! Celebrate the annual tree lighting, followed by live performances and a visit by Santa.

Chestnut Hill Circle of Trees

November 23, 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, Merry and Bright II: The Christmas Collection of Jeanette Turnbull. The Highway Patrol will lead an antique fire truck with Santa up the winding driveway to countdown to the lighting. Families are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to a charity for underprivileged children.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

November 27, 5—7 pm

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway


Live music by Chelsea Reed and the Fair Weather Nine and the Sister Cities Girlchoir accompanies the lighting of this magnificent tree in front of the iconic museum. The Art Museum will also have “Pay What You Wish” admission after 5 pm.

Roxborough Tree Lighting

November 29, 5 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.

Grand Illumination hosted by American Credit Union

November 30, 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.

Photograph courtesy of South Street Headhouse District.

South Street Headhouse District Winter Wonderland

December 1, 4—6 pm

Headhouse Shambles, Second and Lombard streets


Santa will make a grand entrance and kick off the holidays with the lighting of the Headhouse Christmas tree. Santa and his elves will be on hand for photo ops! Under the Shambles, snacks and hot beverages will be available for purchase.

Rittenhouse Square Holiday Park Lighting

December 3, 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. In the spirit of the season, please bring a new, unwrapped toy for the CBS 3’s annual Toy Fest campaign.

Evil Genius Beer Company

December 3, 7:30 pm

1727 N. Front Street


Evil Genius is adding a tree lighting this year, which will also kick off the launch of their new “Santa! I Know Him!” festive Saison brew. From noon to 5 pm, look for the Evil Genius Beer Garden to remain open and transform also into a live Christmas tree stand.


Photograph courtesy of Philly Holiday Festival.

Philly Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at City Hall

December 4, 5—7 pm

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, led by Mayor Jim Kenney, includes family-friendly festivities, live entertainment by local stars, and more!

Craft Hall

December 4, 6 pm

901 N. Delaware Ave.


The first Christmas at Craft Hall includes the lighting of the giant indoor, floor to ceiling, 20-foot tall holiday tree!  The tree lighting party includes holiday decorations, music, free tours of Lost Bread Company and Mainstay Independent Brewing Company, family fun in the indoor playground and other surprises.

Frankford Tree Lighting

December 5, 4:30—6:30 pm

Frankford Pause Park, 4671 Paul Street


Join Frankford CDC to celebrate the start of the season, featuring performances from Frankford High School students! Hot chocolate and festive vibes will be provided.

Betsy Ross House Tree Lighting

December 5, 5:30—7:30 pm

239 Arch St.


Old City kicks off its 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.

East Passyunk Christmas Tree Lighting

December 5, 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 from Alphabet Academy Child Care, Andrew Jackson School HOME rock band, and more. Best of all, Santa Claus will be there to take photos with the children, and ring in the season!

Photograph by Laura Swartz

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

December 6, 5:30–8:30 pm

101 S. Columbus Boulevard


The Philly holiday institution, Blue Cross RiverRink, lights up one of the city’s largest holiday trees (and it’s blue this year!). The two-hour celebration includes 10 acts and 28 performances by gospel choirs, Latin ensembles, dancers, synchronized skaters, and more.

Phillies Holiday Fun and Tree Lighting at Citizens Bank Park

December 7, 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 outside the ballpark at the First Base Gate.

Fitler Square Tree Lighting

December 8, 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.


For more holiday fun, see our Philly Holiday Master Guide!




Lead photograph by Laura Swartz.

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